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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium (OKRA™ YELLOW)

Image of Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Okra' (OKRA™ YELLOW)

Yoder Brothers

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Okra'(OKRA™ YELLOW)

Plant Common Name

Decorative Chrysanthemum, Okra Chrysanthemum

General Description

Small, fully double, cheerful yellow blossoms cover Okra™ Yellow for weeks in early- and mid-fall. This Yoder introduction adopts a perfect cushion mum habit and blends beautifully with other brightly colored bedding plants for fall.

In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial develops dense stems lined with medium-green, fragrant lobed leaves. The fall blossoms are visited by butterflies as the insects prepare to migrate, lay eggs or find shelter for winter.

Chrysanthemums prefer full sun and fertile garden loam with good drainage. Although typically planted as seasonal annuals, most hardy mums (including Okra™ Yellow) can be used as border perennials in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. 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 them, if necessary.

This colorful mum blends well with orange and blue pansies and cool kales. It is attention-grabbing when planted in masses and welcoming in festive container plantings accented with decorative winter squash.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m (2)

  • Width

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

  • Bloom Time

    Early Fall, Fall, Late 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

    Yellow

  • 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, Edging, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No