The genus Chrysanthemum encompasses a large group of plants (mainly cultivars) that are grown for their showy disc and ray flowers. The diversity of this genus is evident in both its flowerhead forms and wide range of colors. Plants may need staking in rich soil, but can be trimmed back early in the season to mitigate this. Many add valuable late-season color to the garden.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThe diverse flowerhead forms range from simple to exotic. The colors vary from soothing pink to shocking lime.
CareGrow in full sun and moist, but well-drained soil.
PropagationBest by division in autumn or early spring, but plants can also be started from seed in spring.
ProblemsFungal rot, gray mold, powdery mildew, white rust.