hardy mums


Chrysanthemum – Clara Curtis

Chrysanthemum, ‘Clara Curtis’ Finding a hardy, carefree Chrysanthemum that grows in western Rocky Mountain gardens seems an impossible dream, but Chrysanthemum, ‘Clara Curtis’ makes it possible. Fortunately ‘Clara Curtis’ descends from an older more vigorous stalk, Korean Chrysanthemum, that does not require the constant attention of pinching back numerous times a year along with an intense regular fertilizing schedule. This is not the typical, commercially-grown, cellophane-wrapped, potted mum displayed on Memorial Day. While Memorial Day Mums are tempting to the gardener because they are very pretty with their full mounds of colored blooms, they are hot-house annuals and have not been grown for the garden. Rarely will they survive a western...