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Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Yellow Blizzard'
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Beautiful mounds of brightly colored mums are the classic harbinger of autumn. Asian in origin, the common chrysanthemum has been cultivated for hundreds of years and there are thousands of varieties available that come in a wide array of colors and floral forms. In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial puts forth dense stems lined with medium green, fragrant, lobed leaves. In late spring to early summer, these stems may be pinched back to ensure a more uniform shape and to increase the density of flowerbuds for fall.
Mums begin blooming in late summer or early to mid-fall. Their fragrant flowers may be single and daisy-like, semi-doubled or doubled and can be red, orange, yellow, white, purple, pink, bronze, burgundy or bicolored. Many cultivars are tender and are commonly treated as annuals, although they may reliably return as a perennial in certain, but not all, modestly cold winter climates.
Mums grow best in full sun and garden loam with good drainage. They look best planted in masses in mixed borders or in containers. Some mums are primarily grown for the cutflower industry, as year-round florist plants, or as exhibition specimens.
There 13 classes of chrysanthemums based on floral form:
9 - 2
6 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m (2)
Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Orange, Pink, Rose, Burgundy, Orange Red, Bronze
Single, Double, Semi-Double
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border
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