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Chrysanthemums

'Firewheel' chrysanthemum

 

You can call them Chrysanths, 'Mums or Chysanthemums, any gardener will know what you are talking about. Wonderful flowers in fall, easy care and you can make even make Chrysanthemum tea.

One of the all time garden favourite plants are the Chrysanthemums, they are grown in cottage gardens, mass planted as bedding plants, grown for exhibition and of course we also have the 'florists mums', grown for cut flowers.

They are easy to grow in the garden, although with a little extra care you can get better results, bushier plants with more flowers, and also bigger blooms.

Often refereed to simply as Mums, and sometimes as Chrysanths, they flower in fall and come in a range of colors and varieties.

spider Chyranthemum

Varieties

Some excellent advice on this is available in the book by Pat Stockett Johnson, 'Mums The Word'.

  • Chrysanthemum indicum this is one the species that the modern hybrids are developed from.
  • Chrysanthemum morifolium  is known as the 'Florist Daisy' but more impotantly as the 'Hardy Mum'.
  • Chrysanthemum coronarium is the one they call the 'Edible Chrysanthemum', except its now called Glebionus coronarium.
  • Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium is known as the Pyrethrum Daisy.

Flowers of modern hybrids are classified into a number of types

  • Irregular incurve
  • Reflex
  • Regular incurve
  • Decorative
  • Intermediate incurve
  • Pompon
  • Single and semi Double
  • Anemone
  • Spoon
  • Quill
  • Spider
  • Brush or Thistle
  • Exotics

Where to buy

Chrysanthemums are available for sale from the following nurseries

BLUESTONE PERENNIALS
Offering a wide selection of bulbs, perennials, grasses, herbs trees and shrubs.
www.bluestoneperennials.com