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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Crimson Tide'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Crimson Tide'

Plant Common Name

Crimson Tide Chrysanthemum, Irregular Incurve Chrysanthemum

General Description

The enormous long-stemmed flowers of 'Crimson Tide' are best suited for conservatory displays and the cut flower industry, though home gardeners with cutting gardens may try their hand at growing them. The strong, upright stems bear very large, fully double, irregular incurve flowers with deep red petals that have ivory undersides. The foliage is dusty dark green.

In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial puts forth dense stems lined with fragrant lobed leaves. It begins flowering in early to mid-fall and continues for several weeks afterward. Plants should be staked to keep the heavy blooms from flopping when in bloom.

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.

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

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • 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

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Dark Red, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark 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

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No