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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Padre'
Decorative Chrysanthemum, Padre Chrysanthemum
In the first days of fall, this compact chrysanthemum becomes covered with lots of fully double, deep rose-pink flowers. 'Padre' is a Belgium hardy mum, so it is more reliably hardy than most cultivars. It adopts a perfect cushion 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. It begins flowering in early fall and continues for several weeks afterward. Uniformly round, double daisies cover it so densely it’s hard to see the foliage below. The flowers 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. Though technically perennial, most mums are grown as annuals to include ‘Padre.’ Still, this cultivar is hardier than most. 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 cool cultivar looks best planted in masses and pairs well ornamental grasses and bright goldenrod and pansies. Container specimens are excellent for harvest-themed displays.
9 - 2
7 - 9
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
24'-28' / 7.3m - 8.5m
Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Mixed Border
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