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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Adonis'

Image of Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Adonis' PP13273

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Adonis' PP13273

Plant Common Name

Decorative Chrysanthemum

General Description

In autumn this proven densely branched mum displays a tremendous number of fully double decorative flowers of purple. Like other cushion mums, it is a heavy-flowering selection that adopts a uniform mounded habit. This exceptional cultivar was bred in The Netherlands by Robert Noodelijk.

In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial puts forth dense stems lined with medium green, fragrant, lobed leaves that are unusually glossy. In late spring to early summer it should be pinched back to encourage a more uniform shape and to increase the density of flower buds for fall. It begins flowering in early to mid-fall and continues for several weeks afterward. Its many blooms are flattened, fully double, uniformly round and cover the plants so densely it is difficult to see the foliage below.

Chrysanthemums prefer full sun and fertile garden loam with good drainage. Though technically perennial, most mums like this are grown as annuals but will survive in regions with milder winters or in protected locations. Plants are more reliably hardy if you wait to cut their spent branches back in mid-spring. Spring is also the best time to divide mums, if necessary.

This is an easy mum to design with. It looks best planted in masses with ornamental grasses and compact composites and is ideal for elegant fall containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • 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

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No