mum and florist mums
Name in Latin: Asteriaceae
Name in English: Aster, daisy, Sunflower Family
Origin: Asia, China - cultivated in Europe in the 18th century
Growth Habit: herbaceous perennials from seed:multi branching, multi head
Flower:flower head composed of disc florets in centre and ray florets on the outer edge, there are 8 classes
Blooming Period: all year
Leaf: dark green:lanceolate-linear-serrate
Sprays ( multi heads) work well as fillers but the larger heads (disbuds) add emphasis and mass.
Care and Handling
Lasting Quality: 1-3 weeks
Amount of water: heavy drinkers
Nutrition: preservative, food
Special handling: some are vulnerable to shattering, handle with care, not ethylene sensitive
The genus once included more species, but was split several decades ago into several genera, putting the economically important florist's chrysanthemum in the genus Dendranthema. The naming of the genera has been contentious, but a ruling of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature in 1999 changed the defining species of the genus to Chrysanthemum indicum, restoring the florist's chrysanthemum to the genus Chrysanthemum.
The other species previously included in the narrow view of the genus Chrysanthemum are now transferred to the genus Glebionis. The other genera separate from Chrysanthemum include Argyranthemum, Leucanthemopsis, Leucanthemum, Rhodanthemum, and Tanacetum.