Nothing indicates the end of summer quite like the mass arrival of Chrysanthemums at your local garden center.  It’s name is derived from the Greek chrysos – yellow and anthemum – Flowers and while it has different meanings across the world from death, to grief, to honesty and cheerfulness it still evokes feeling of cooler temperatures and the beginning of fall.  The mum has a long history with the first known plants being grown in North America dating back to 1884 and over time have developed into varieties of a wide range of colours and sizes.

Chrysanthemum tea is a popular drink made by boiling the leaves and the Chinese use the plant extensively in their cuisine.  To encourage better blooms pinch back the new growth about 4-6″ and remove the stem at the second set of leaves.


Chrysanthemum sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 1-3′
  • Width: 1-3′
  • Bloom Time: Fall
  • Bloom Colour: All colours
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Root rot, spider mites, aphids
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders, containers
  • Special Features: Cut flowers, Fall colours
  • Zone: 5-9

Example Varieties:

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