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CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Yellow Sarah'

Image of Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Yellow Sarah' PP8804

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CHRYSANTHEMUM x morifolium 'Yellow Sarah' PP8804

Plant Common Name

Quilled Chrysanthemum, Yellow Sarah Chrysanthemum

General Description

The unusually showy flowers of ‘Yellow Sarah’ have bright yellow petals that are long, tubular and quill-like. The fully double blooms shine above well-branched, uniform, mounding plants. This early flowering cultivar was bred by Cornelis P. Vandenberg or Salinas, California and introduced by Yoder Brothers, Inc.

In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial develops dense, brittle stems lined with deep green, fragrant lobed leaves. It begins flowering in late summer and continues for several weeks afterward. Its double flowers are uniform and densely cover the mounded plant. They 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 like this are grown as annuals. 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. Cushion mums are often pinched back by ¼ in late spring or early summer to encourage a neater habit and heavier flowering.

This colorful mum looks best when planted in groups and is especially welcoming in festive container plantings and tabletop displays with decorative winter squash. Pair it with ornamental grasses, cool hued asters and pink or white ornamental kales.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 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

    18'-24' / 5.5m - 7.3m

  • Width

    18'-24' / 5.5m - 7.3m

  • 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

    Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • 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

    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