I recently bought some beautiful chrysanthemums from my local market in South Melbourne. Unfortunately at the time, I didn’t realise they were actually chrysanthemums and I bought them under the impression they were dahlias. It wasn’t until my lovely Instagram friend, Kate, mentioned to me that <uh-hum> they are actually inverted chrysanthemums (blush).
Image: Fresh from the market, my beautiful inverted chrysanthemums.
So I decided to read up on this beautiful flowering plant – the Chrysanthemums. Here are a few quick facts* that I found out:
1. On Mother’s Day, Australians traditionally present their mums with a bunch of chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums are naturally in season in Australia in autumn, so are cheap and plentiful in time for Mother’s Day.
2. Chrysanthemums are available everywhere as pot plants. In the garden they are best grown in a cool to mild climate but will grow and flower well into the milder subtropics.
3. There are many named cultivars of chrysanthemums. Although grown for thousands of years in Asia, they were not widely known in the rest of the world until the early nineteenth century, when plants were imported and hybridised in the UK. Colours range from white to pink, purple, yellow, bronze and everything in between. Flowers come in all shapes and sizes.
4. They are long flowering, and the flowers are long lasting, easy to grow, relatively pest and disease free. Commercial growers can produce flowers at any time of the year by manipulating the amount of light plants receive
Well there you have it. Chrysanthemums are a beautiful flowering plant. I’ve certainly learnt more about them, including how to spell and pronounce their name correctly – ha!