Flower Guide to Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums (otherwise known as mums) are a florist staple flower, they are cost effective and available in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes.

The multi-headed flower varieties are excellent as filler flowers, as well as the single head varieties provide mass and emphasis.

Common Name(s): Chrysanthemum, (kris-ANTH-e-mum), Multi-branching, multiple head varieties know as Pompon, Daisy, Button and Spray Chrysanthemum. Single head varieties known as Standard Chrysanthemum, Mum.

Botanical Name(s): Dendranthema X Grandiflorum (den-drahn-THEE-ma x gran-di-FLOR-um) Formerly known as Chrysanthemum morifolium

Botanical Facts: The name is Greek for "Golden Flower" - 'Chris' meaning golden and 'anthem' meaning flower.

Form: Round (single) and Transitional (spray, santini)

Types of Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are split into two main groups, multi headed spray and single headed varieties. There are chrysanthemum single or bloom (sgl), spray and santini.

Bloom chrysanthemums can be further split into six categories: balloon / pompon, double, incurve, mop head, single and spider.

Colours: White, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Red, Cerise, Purple, Bi-coloured and vintage hues. 

Chrysanthemum santini
chrysanthemum spray
chrysanthemum single bloom

Caring for Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are long lasting, cost effective and easy to care for.

In general, remove all foliage below the waterline, cut with a sharp knife or scissors and hydrate in a solution of water with flower food for a couple of hours before storage or usage. The bottom portion of some mum stems can be woody, make sure that you cut the stems above this woody tissue in order to facilitate water uptake. Refer to the video on how to care for chrysanthemums for flower arranging & floristry.

Vase Life: 14 to 21 days

Stem Type: Semi-Woody


Seasonal Availability

Availability: All Year Round

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