Plant ID forum: Which mum/chrysanthemum?

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Name: Sandi
Franklin, WI (Zone 5a)
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Seedsower
Nov 2, 2014 6:21 AM CST
Most mums I've bought in fall for my front porch have died after I try getting them to grow in the garden. This one has come back year after year for several years. Any idea what it might be?

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jmorth
Nov 2, 2014 7:22 AM CST
Chrysanthemum rubellum?
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Nov 2, 2014 5:14 PM CST
It does look a lot like Chrysanthem x rubellum 'Clara Curtis'. This is a very old cultivar and one of the most cold hardy. It was a stalwart in many a grandmothers' flower gardens in the north. In the last 15 years it has experienced a bit of a revival here in Minnesota. But it is unlikely that you would have bought it as a regular unspecified variety bedding mum, like from big box store. As you picture it, that is its normal habit, kinda gangly. Compared to other (usually less hardy) cushion mums, Clara Curtis is certainly not a show stopper. I would expect it only to be available at real nurseries, if found at all.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 2, 2014 5:17 PM CST
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Nov 2, 2014 6:56 PM CST
I do agree, Clara Curtis , Chrysanthemum. x rubellum .

http://www.perennials.com/plants/chrysanthemum-rubellum-clar...
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 3, 2014 5:47 PM CST
I agree, it sure looks like Hardy Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis')
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