November Birthflower: Chrysanthemum

Good Witches Homestead

COMMON NAME: chrysanthemum
GENUS: Chrysanthemum
SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS:
The garden chrysanthemum,
C. morifolium, is a hybrid developed from four species native to Asia. Many cultivars have been developed from this one, differing in size, shape, type of flowering head, growth habit, color, and time of bloom.
FAMILY: Compositae
BLOOMS: Fall
TYPE: perennial
DESCRIPTION: The many classes of chrysanthemum include pompon, quill, spider, brush, thistle, single, in-curve, and spoon. These classes are based on the physical characteristics of the flowering head.
CULTIVATION: Small chrysanthemum plants can be purchased in spring, set in the garden or holding bed throughout the summer, and then put on display beginning in early fall. The plants develop very shallow root systems so they can be transplanted easily in late summer with few problems.
Conscientious pruning during early summer will result in bushy plants with numerous flowers. Pinch back…

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  • I wrote about these just recently, but it is surprisingly difficult to fit the important information into the limited space in the garden column. I can remember when these were trendy when I was a little kid. The most popular ones are the potted types that get discarded after bloom.

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