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PlantFiles: Chrysanthemum, Garden Mum, Florist's Mum
Chrysanthemum 'Emperor of China'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chrysanthemum (kris-AN-the-mum) (Info)
Cultivar: Emperor of China

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dancing_flower On Nov 26, 2010, dancing_flower from Metamora, MI wrote:

This plant is hardy in MI, requires some moisture but is not overly demanding in this way, The foliage displays excellent Fall color; it is tall for a chrysanthemum & not a very full, massing or shrublike plant. The flowers are an interesting cool silvery lavender-pink.
Unique & worth growing.
Next yr I will pay greater attn to the fragrance.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 12, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A rare antique variety that the late British gardening guru, Graham Stuart Thomas, rediscovered a few years ago. It is very possible it grew in Chinas olden days during one of their dynasties. Plant researchers suspect this since the flowers resemble those pictured on some of the old Chinese paintings. The double blossoms are a stunning silvery shell pink. Each petal is of the quill or spoon shape classification. The inner petals are a strong pink but gradually become light pink to white on the outer petals. When smelling this mum I sense a strong but sweet, lemony cake frosting scent. Many people smell the typical mum scent but admit it is much stronger. This mum begins to bloom in October. (Note from FlowerScent Gardens)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Annapolis, Maryland
Metamora, Michigan
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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