mum and florist mums
Name in Latin: Asteriaceae (Compositae)
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
A best seller at the Holland Flower Auction. Some species used as food and have medicinal properties.
Confusing Taxonomy and Reclassification of genera in 1999.