Homecoming mum


Many non-Texans might be curious to learn more about the excitement and fascination with the homecoming flower called mums.  Locals might be surprised to learn that not everyone celebrates homecoming with the staple mum. 

Homecoming mums might have started in Texas, however, over the years, a few other southern states like Oklahoma, Alabama, and Louisiana have adopted the tradition as well.  

The chrysanthemum is a popular fall flower, which is why it was chosen to be the star of corsages given to homecoming dates.  Homecoming mums had humble beginings as a simple, single flower with perhaps a few ribbons. In true Texas style – bigger is BETTER – and over time, they got bigger and more elaborate. 

Today, the mums consist of a huge silk flower surrounded by any combination of ribbons, bells, bows, charms, and other personal touches. Young men now have garters fashioned to their arms in the same style as the girls’ mums. 

Check out a few highlights of fun homecoming mums from around our San Antonio area schools! 

This La Vernia High School student flaunts her elaborate matching mum and garter!

La Vernia ISD

In Floresville ISD, even the kids at Floresville Elementary School get excited about supporting the team with mini mums!

Southside ISD

Get glowing!  This Southside High School mum lights up!

San Antonio ISD’s Sam Houston High School band members supported the homecoming team by wearing mums with their uniforms.