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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Sun Spider'

Image of Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Sun Spider'

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Sun Spider'

Plant Common Name

Spider Chrysanthemum

General Description

The florists' chrysanthemum 'Sun Spider' is grown for its autumn display of large, narrow-petaled, golden-yellow blooms. The spidery blooms are borne above clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. Plants grow to 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) high and wide, and flower for several weeks in mid-fall. This spider chrysanthemum is often grown in containers for show or for cutting, but it can also be used as a garden plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.

Florists' chrysanthemums prefer full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Though technically perennial, most are grown as annuals. Pinch plants back in late spring or early summer to encourage a neater habit and heavier fall flowering.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 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

  • Height

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

  • Width

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

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, 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

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink, Rose, Burgundy, Orange Red, Bronze

  • 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

    Single, Double, 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, Cutflower, Edging, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No