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CHRYSANTHEMUM 'Will's Wonderful'

Image of Chrysanthemum 'Will's Wonderful'

James Burghardt

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM 'Will's Wonderful'

Plant Common Name

Hardy Chrysanthemum

General Description

This hardy perennial chrysanthemum is grown for its mid- to late-autumn display of strawberry-pink, golden-eyed "daisies" that open from deep red buds. The spoon-shaped petals age to pale buff-pink. The 1.2-inch-wide (4 cm) blooms are held on branching stems above large spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. This cultivar was introduced by Ellen Hornig of Seneca Hill Perennials, Oswego, New York.

Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-drained garden loam. Unlike "florists' mums," hardy chrysanthemum cultivars such as 'Will's Wonderful' are reliable, long-lived garden perennials. Cut them back heavily in late spring to encourage a bushier, more compact habit. Their late-season flowers blend well with ornamental grasses, sedums, and aconitums, and can be cut for arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    24"-40" / 61.0cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Pink, Light Pink, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes