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Ajania pacifica (Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum)

Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum pacificum, Dendranthema pacificum


Prized for its handsome foliage, Ajania pacifica (Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum) is a sprawling rhizomatous perennial forming a dense mound of deeply lobed, dark green leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm), marked with a showy, silvery-white margin. Great-looking during of the growing season, the lush variegated foliage makes this species a great groundcover. As an added bonus, small, button-like, yellow flowers borne in terminal clusters, 4 in. across (10 cm), smother the plant in late fall, adding some of the brightest color in the late season garden. Easy to grow, insect and disease resistant, Ajania pacifica is also a lovely addition to the front of a mixed border and makes a wonderful container plant.

  • Typically grows up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Provide light afternoon shade in warm summer areas and excellent drainage. Good drought tolerance.
  • Perfect for borders, in rock gardens or as a groundcover.
  • Extremely easy growing plant with no serious pest and disease issues.
  • Taller stems may be pinched back in early summer to promote plant vigor and lower plant height.
  • Propagation is easy by springtime division or summertime cuttings.
  • Native to Japan.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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