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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Red Temptress'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Red Temptress'

Plant Common Name

Red Temptress Chrysanthemum, Semi-Double Chrysanthemum

General Description

In the first days of fall, ‘Red Temptress’ offers semi-double blooms with fluted coral-red petals and yellow centers. It is a Belgium hardy mum, so it is more reliably hardy than most cultivars, 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. Small, single daisies with rounded, or “spooned” petal tips, 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 ‘Red Temptress.’ 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 cultivar looks best planted in masses and pairs well with brightly colored fall bedding plants. Container specimens are especially becoming for table arrangements or harvest-themed displays.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 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

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

  • Width

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

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Yellow, Red, Coral

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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

    Semi-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