Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow' (22)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow'


The Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow' is a vibrant variety of mums that is known for its striking yellow flowers. It showcases a lush display of rich yellow blooms that typically have a pompom-like appearance, with densely packed petals that may exhibit a daisy-like form or a more spherical shape depending on the specifics of the cultivar. The core of each flower is commonly a deeper yellow or gold, creating a beautiful contrast with the lighter yellow of the surrounding petals. These bright flowers burst atop a bed of green foliage. The leaves are typically dark green with a deeply lobed, almost fern-like pattern, which adds a textured backdrop to the cheerful yellow blossoms. This ornamental plant is often used in garden beds and borders due to its bold color and attractive form, and it can also be found gracing containers and hanging baskets. It's a popular choice for adding a splash of autumnal color, though it may bloom at other times depending on the specific growing conditions.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Action Yellow Chrysanthemum, Yellow Chrysanthemum

    • Common names

      Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Chrysanthemums, including the 'Action Yellow' variety, are not highly toxic to humans, but they can cause dermatitis or skin irritation upon handling. If ingested, parts of the chrysanthemum plant might lead to gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. Individuals with sensitivity to the plant might also experience more severe reactions.

    • To pets

      Chrysanthemums are toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. Ingestion can lead to symptoms of poisoning which may include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, incoordination, and dermatitis. If a pet consumes a chrysanthemum, contacting a veterinarian is advisable, as they may need supportive care or treatment to manage their symptoms.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Beautification: Adds color and vibrancy to gardens with its bright yellow flowers.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Invites bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Versatility: Suitable for borders, containers, and as cut flowers for indoor arrangements.
    • Easy Propagation: Can be propagated by cuttings or division, allowing gardeners to easily expand their plants.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can withstand periods of dry weather, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Long Blooming Season: Offers a lengthy display of flowers from late summer to late autumn.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Prop: Chrysanthemum flowers can add vibrant color and a touch of nature to product or portrait photography sessions.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may use the complex structure and bright hues of chrysanthemums as reference material for paintings, drawings, or textile designs.
    • Education: Horticulture students and enthusiasts can study the growth and characteristics of Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow' as an example of plant breeding and hybridization.
    • Garden Compost: After the blooms have faded, the plant material can be composted to create nutrient-rich soil for garden use.
    • Craft Material: Dried Chrysanthemum petals can be used in making bookmarks, greeting cards, or pressed flower art.
    • Culinary Decoration: Fresh, unsprayed Chrysanthemum petals can adorn cakes or desserts, although they should be removed before eating if not confirmed as an edible variety.
    • Eco-friendly Confetti: Dried petals of Chrysanthemums can be used as a biodegradable confetti alternative at events.
    • Color Dye: The pigments in Chrysanthemum petals can sometimes be used to naturally dye fabrics or paper, lending a soft, yellow hue.
    • Scented Sachets: Dried Chrysanthemum flowers can be included in sachets to give a mild, pleasant fragrance to drawers and closets.
    • Table Settings: Fresh Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in centerpieces or place settings for dinner parties and weddings for an elegant touch.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Chrysanthemum is used in Feng Shui to introduce vibrant yang energy, which can attract good luck and positive vibes. Place the Chrysanthemum in areas that require an energetic lift or where you want to promote happiness and longevity. It is especially beneficial in the living room to foster lively conversations among family members and guests.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chrysanthemum is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Longevity and Immortality: Chrysanthemums are often associated with long life and immortality due to their hardy nature and ability to bloom into late autumn when many other flowers have faded.
    • Rebirth: The cycle of chrysanthemum blooming seasonally can symbolize renewal and a fresh start.
    • Nobility: In some cultures, particularly in Japan, the chrysanthemum is a noble flower, often associated with the emperor and Imperial family.
    • Joy and Optimism: The bright yellow color of the 'Action Yellow' chrysanthemum can represent happiness and a positive outlook on life.
    • Loyalty: The enduring nature of the chrysanthemum bloom is sometimes seen as a symbol of loyalty and devoted love.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Mums, such as the Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow', need to be watered regularly, ensuring the soil remains consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant deeply once a week with about one gallon of water, but this may vary depending on weather conditions; in hot, dry periods, water may be needed more frequently. It's vital to avoid overhead watering to prevent disease; instead, water directly at the base of the plant. During the fall, as the plant prepares for dormancy, reduce watering to help harden off the mums.

  • sunLight

    Mums thrive best in full sun conditions, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. The ideal spot for Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow' would be in a location where it can receive uninterrupted morning light and some partial shade during the hottest part of the afternoon. However, they are versatile and can still perform well with slightly less light, but the flowering might not be as prolific.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow' prefers moderate temperatures and can survive in temperatures between 32°F and 90°F, but it thrives best at a temperature range between 60°F to 70°F. They are frost-sensitive; thus, it's important to protect them during sudden temperature drops below freezing. Chrysanthemums will start to suffer in extreme heat above 90°F, necessitating shade or cooling measures during peak summer heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Mums like the Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow' require pruning to encourage bushy growth and more blooms. Pinch back the growing tips when new growth reaches 4 to 6 inches in early summer, and repeat every 2 to 3 weeks until midsummer. Cut back spent flowers to promote additional blooming. The best time for significant pruning is after the flowering period is over, usually in late fall.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Mums, such as 'Action Yellow', thrive in well-draining, fertile loam with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. A good soil mix includes equal parts garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or sand to improve drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Mums like 'Action Yellow' should be repotted every one to two years or when they outgrow their current container, typically after the blooming season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mums prefer moderate humidity levels around 40-60%. They do well in typical household humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep in bright, indirect light and away from drafts.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, sheltered from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow', commonly known as the Hardy Mum, begins with seed germination, where the seed sprouts and develops its first true leaves after emerging from the soil. This is followed by the vegetative stage where the plant grows stems, leaves, and roots, focusing on accumulating resources and increasing in size. As the plant matures, it enters the budding stage; flower buds form and start to swell. The blossoming stage comes next, where the buds open to reveal the characteristic bright yellow flowers of this cultivar, attracting pollinators for reproduction. After pollination, seeds develop during the reproduction stage, which will eventually disperse for the next generation of plants. Finally, the Hardy Mum enters dormancy or senescence after flowering, where it may die back if it is an annual variety or survive in a dormant state over winter if it is a perennial, ready to regrow the next season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Chrysanthemum 'Action Yellow', commonly known as Mum, is a popular, hardy perennial that is often propagated through the division method, which is the most popular method for this type of plant. Propagation by division is typically done in the spring as new growth appears. To propagate Mums using the division method, gardeners should carefully dig up the entire plant, ensuring a large root ball is intact. Once the plant is out of the ground, they use a sharp knife or spade to slice through the root ball, dividing it into sections, each with several shoots and accompanying roots. These sections can then be immediately replanted in a prepared area of the garden or potted up, ensuring they are spaced adequately to allow for growth, usually about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 centimeters) apart. This encourages a more vigorous growth pattern and helps maintain the health and vitality of the Mums, as crowded plants can suffer from poor air circulation and increased susceptibility to disease.