Chrysanthemums or mums are sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Fall Flowers.” They are popular as ornamental plants, and there are over 40 species and thousands of cultivars of garden mums.
Mums are native to Asia and northeastern Europe and are the national flower of Japan.
Flowers: One of the most striking features of mums is their bright, colorful blooms. The flower color comes in a wide range of shades, including shades of pink, red, yellow, and white. The blooms are typically large and daisy-like, with a central disk surrounded by petals. They can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, making them a popular choice for cut flower arrangements and as gifts for special occasions.
Bloom time: Garden mums typically bloom in the late summer to fall, usually from August to November, depending on the cultivar and growing conditions.
Size: Some cultivars can grow up to three feet tall (90 cm), while others are small and compact, making them suitable for container gardens.
Cut flowers: Mum flowers rank as one of the most popular cut flowers globally, following closely behind roses. People often use them in floral arrangements, bouquets, corsages, and centerpieces.
Hardiness: In general, garden mums are hardy in USDA zones 5-9, but there are some cultivars that can grow in colder or warmer zones.
Easy to grow: Mums are commonly grown as annuals or perennials, and they prefer full sun and well-drained soil.
Air-purifier: The plants effectively purify the air and remove toxins from the environment.
Medicinal properties: The plant contains compounds in its flowers and leaves that people have used for centuries to treat various conditions, such as fever, headache, and inflammation. Additionally, it is believed that they possess anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.