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Are Daisy Mums Perennials?

By Elisabeth Ginsburg
Daisy chrysanthemums resemble common daisies.

Daisy chrysanthemums or "mums" are perennial plants, hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 9. These fall-blooming hybrids are characterized as "daisy" types because they have the same configuration as a common daisy -- 1 or more rows of petals emanating from a yellow, disk-like center.

Features

Daisy mums can be planted in spring and will bloom the same year. The plants generally reach a height of between 18 and 36 inches, depending on the variety, and bloom in shades of white, yellow, red, pink, purple and amber.

Winter Survival

Plant mums in a sunny spot with well-drained soil, early enough in the fall to provide roots a chance to become established. A winter mulch applied in November or December will insulate the plants. Remove the mulch in early spring before the last frost date for your area.

Considerations

In the fall, grocery stores, mass merchandisers and other retailers offer "hardy" mums, including daisy types, for floral display. Some of these plants will survive freezing temperatures, especially if they are planted in early September. For optimal survival, chose varieties offered by reputable nurseries or catalog vendors.

 

About the Author

 

Elisabeth Ginsburg, a writer with over 20 years' experience, earned an M.A. from Northwestern University and has done advanced study in horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. Her work has been published in the "New York Times," "Christian Science Monitor," "Horticulture Magazine" and other national and regional publications.