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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium( MELISSA SERIES)
Chrysanthemums in the Melissa Series bear masses of double, purple blossoms on compact, bushy, 10- to 14-inch (25 to 35 cm) plants. The 2-inch-wide (5 cm), many-petaled blooms open in early fall, midway to late in the mum season. Cultivars in this series were introduced by Yoder Brothers of Barberton, Ohio, and are available only as vegetatively propagated plants.
The showy blooms and pungent, lobed leaves of garden chrysanthemums are staples of the autumn flower garden. These herbaceous perennials originated in eastern Asia, where they have been bred and selected for many centuries. Garden mums are customarily planted in late summer for seasonal display.
Like most garden mums, Melissa Series cultivars thrive in full sun and a fertile, well-drained growing medium. Although typically planted as seasonal annuals, these garden mums can be used as border perennials in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. Pinch back plants in late spring or early summer to encourage a neater habit and heavier fall flowering.
9 - 1
6 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Early Fall, Fall
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border
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