Quilled Daisy Mum
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Quilled Daisy Mum
ntroduced Photo: Tabish
Common name: Quilled daisy mum, florist's chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chandramukhi (Manipuri)
Botanical name: Chrysanthemum morifolium 'Illusion'    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Dendranthema X grandiflorum

This form of mums have daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. They sport long, narrow petals that resemble quills. This beautiful, ivory-white, quilled daisy mum has flowers ranging in size to 4". Garden Mums are the prelude to fall. This perennial is known for its reliable flowering from late summer to peak winter and for its ease of growth. The most popular garden varieties are offered as cushion mums and produce dense, compact low mounds smothered with flowers. Colors range from pure white to red, bright yellow, shades of orange, rust, and bronze, many pinks and lavenders. All types grow well in containers. Garden Mums grow in height 1 to 4 feet. Chrysanthemums have dark green, deeply lobed and aromatic leaves with soft grey undersides. The hundreds of cultivars of mums are classified by flower shape: pompons are double and ball shaped; reflexed are double with downward curving rays; spiders are double with long tubular, spreading rays; spoons are semidouble with spoon shaped rays; and there are several other shapes. All of the garden mums bloom in late summer or fall and many cultivars flower in spring as well. The parent species from which the garden mums were derived are native to China and Japan. Mums prefer slightly acidic soil with organic components and moderate moisture, but will grow in less than ideal conditions.

Identification credit: Thingnam Girija Photographed in New Delhi

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