Ajania Species, Pacific Chrysanthemum, Silver & Gold Chrysanthemum

Ajania pacifica

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ajania (a-JAN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pacifica (pa-SIF-ik-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Chrysanthemum pacificum
Synonym:Dendranthema pacificum
Synonym:Tanacetum pacificum



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color

Foliage Color:


Medium Green



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gadsden, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Phenix City, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Little Rock, Arkansas

Chula Vista, California

Clovis, California

Elk Grove, California

Oakland, California

Vacaville, California(2 reports)

Palm Beach, Florida

Shalimar, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Westminster, Maryland

East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Westport Point, Massachusetts

Montauk, New York

Bridgeton, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina(2 reports)

Haviland, Ohio

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Colmesneil, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Herriman, Utah

Manassas, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 27, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- I grow Chrysanthemum pacificum in my xeric succulent garden. As long as it has medium shade it seems to need little water. Mine gets water once a month in summer and none in winter. I have had no luck with it in locations with light shade that include some afternoon sun. I have also found it doesn't do well with dense shade. It starts easily from cuttings.


On Nov 19, 2010, eclayne from East Longmeadow, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Don't believe the plant spacing or height numbers! With good sun and decent soil she'll reach 30-36" in width. Beautiful foliage. Nice flower display for late November here in Z6. Super easy to propagate from cuttings. Cut back to ground in spring. Provides two different appearances depending on pruning. If cut back in July by 1/3rd-1/2 she'll be a dense clump. Left alone she'll grow to between 24" and 30" with a more open form. I like both.


On Jan 18, 2010, opmeer from Houston, TX wrote:

i have had this plant for 3 years in a north facing flower bed it blooms every year and survived the last hard freeze.|I love its,beautifull leaves and is very easy to take care of. Bought it at lowe's s it looked unusual, I didn't dream it would last this long


On Nov 20, 2009, terrora wrote:

Love this guy and the little ball flowers....the leaves are lovely on their own. Found it at our herbal farm. Since it gets hot here during our summers, it does well in a pot by our back fence with mid afternoon sun. I'm thinking of planting it in ground by our front side fence, it would spread there nicely and get a little more sun for more flowers without getting burned.
Playin' in the Dirt, (^_~)Terrora


On Sep 26, 2005, jambu from West Palm Beach, FL wrote:

Here in Palm Beach, it looks and peforms best with morning sun and a solid shading in the afternoon. Occasional stem dieback during height of rainy season, but strong fresh growth of other stems diminishes visual impact of dying stems.


On May 12, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta - I would never have thought this was a Chrysanthemum. I bought it labeled as a euphorbia! I was recently corrected by a woman who has it growing in her shade garden. So much for full sun requirements. I have mine in a large pot in full sun.

It roots readily - like most mums - by sticking a piece of it in the dirt. Lovely plant.


On Apr 25, 2005, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

There was a beautiful Silver and Gold chrysanthemum in the display gardens at my favorite nursery in Virginia. It's foliage was so striking that I made sure to make a mental note of the name. I have since moved to Ohio and had forgotten about the plant until I came across it in a local nursery. I bought one right away and am very excited to now have it in my garden :) The flowers are nice, too, but the foliage is the real knockout. Great accent plant for it's bold texture and variegated foliage.