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Chrysanthemum spp.

Also known as

Mums, Daisy, Garden Mums, Marguerite

Starr 080117-1761 Dendranthema x grandiflorum by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    This plant has a strong fragrance

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    Chrysanth Overview

    Chrysanthemum is a genus containing around 38 species of herbaceous perennial plants and hundreds of cultivars. Broadly divided into​ 'garden' or 'exhibition' groups, the first being hardier. There are a huge range of flower forms that have been developed over time. Very popular with gardeners and florists for their spectacular blooms. These plants are a good choice for first-time gardeners as they are easy to grow.

    Common problems with Chrysanth

    How to harvest Chrysanth

    Garden chrysanthemums are ideal for borders and are not usually​ harvested. Florist chrysanthemums can be pinched to ensure abundant flowering or side buds removed to make one huge flower.

    How to propagate Chrysanth


    Sow seeds in Spring in situ, in full sun and well-drained soil. Germination within 10 to 18 days.


    Soft-wood cuttings can be taken at the beginning or end of the flowering season. Remove the flower and lower leaves, place in propagating beds and keep moist until roots form.


    Remove suckers with roots as the new growing season start and replant to grow into new plants.


    Propagate hardy perennials by division in autumn, after flowering or in early spring.

    Special features of Chrysanth

    Indoor plant

    A potted Chrysanthemum will flower around 6 weeks indoors in ideal conditions. They can then be planted outside, in a larger container, if the climate is temperate.

    Pot plant

    Attractive flowers

    Flower colour is of a very large range: red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, pink, white and multi-coloured. They bloom profusely in late summer to autumn (short-day length sensitive).

    Other uses of Chrysanth

    Grown for their flowers. Used for borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.


    Flower-based Chrysanthemum tea is popular in East-Asia, and is believed to be helpful in recovery from flue and acne. ln the West the tea is used as a compress to treat varicose veins.


    Flower petals are edible and make lovely cake decorations.

    Plants for Early Autumn

    A selection of colour for your garden that will last right up to the first frosts.

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    Poisonous to Pets

    If your pet likes to nibble your plants, check our collection to make sure what they're eating isn't doing them any harm.

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