Chrysanthemum flowers closely resemble the common daisy with slightly stouter petals. The plants average 60 centimeters in height and have deeply lobed, almost feathery leaves. Most Chrysanthemums have white and yellow petals that encircle a golden center. They are not strongly scented flowers but offer a subtle aroma of warm spice, a flavor reminiscent of carrot greens.
Chrysanthemum flowers are an excellent source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. They also contain minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium, all of which are necessary for a healthy immune system. Chrysanthemum tea has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine and is usually made from the dried flowers of florists’ chrysanthemum or Dendranthema Indicum (formerly C. Indicum). It is commonly used as an herbal treatment for hypertension and is said to help treat fevers, headaches, and inflammation.