An unusual Chrysanthemum in that it only grows 7" (15cm) high. The very large pink flowers of varying shades, sometimes almost white, with a yellow eye, stand above the foliage. Makes a good ground cover as it spreads in a well behaved way by sending out runners underground.
Vigorous, fully hardy and good on clay soils. Ideal for late season colour in the border as it flowers from September into late November.
Loved by bees and butterflies. From the very cold Kamchatka Peninsula and remains evergreen in all but the harshest winters.
The Chrysanthemum has it's origins in China and is mentioned by Confucius in 500bc. It was introduced to Japan in about AD386 where it was bred from and it became the national emblem towards the end of the 8th century, when the Order of the Chrysanthemum was the highest award that the state could bestow on any citizen. In the East the Chrysanthemum is seen as a symbol of purity and long life.
Myth and Legend
Chrysanthemums are known known as Christ's flower, because they came into bloom on the morning of his birth.
The flower is said to protect the wearer against the wrath of the gods. Having it growing in your garden will ward off evil spirits.
For some, it is considered unlucky to have Chrysanthemums in the house. This is doubtless because they are a funeral favourite in some areas of Europe. In Italy, giving Chrysanthemums is the equivalent of saying "I wish you were dead".
Synonym: Dendranthema weyrichii
Common name(s): Mums