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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Empire Spotlight'

Image of Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Empire Spotlight' PP09933

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Empire Spotlight' PP09933

Plant Common Name

Decorative Chrysanthemum

General Description

Also known as "Spotlight", this "decorative" chrysanthemum bears masses of double, 3-inch-wide (7.5 cm), pale silver-pink blooms on dense, mounded, 1-foot (30 cm) plants. The shorter central petals open rose-pink and age to creamy yellow. Plants flower from late summer to early fall. This cultivar was selected by Janet S. Fuess of Empire Mums, New York Mills, New York.

The showy double blooms and pungent, lobed leaves of decorative chrysanthemums are familiar to most gardeners. These herbaceous perennials originated in eastern Asia, where they have been bred and selected for many centuries. Decorative mums such as 'Empire Spotlight' are customarily planted in late summer for seasonal display.

Like most decorative mums, 'Empire Spotlight' thrives in full sun and a fertile, well-drained growing medium. Although typically used as a seasonal annual, it can be employed as a hardy perennial in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. Pinch plants back in late spring or early summer to encourage a neater habit and heavier fall flowering.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 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

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, 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

    Light Pink, Rose, Ivory, Silver

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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, Cutflower, Edging, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No