Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' (25b)

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


Chrysanthemum 'Allouise', commonly known as mum or chrysanthemum, is a charming plant characterized by its vibrant and attractive blooms. These chrysanthemums often display a profusion of flowers that can vary in color, though this particular variety may showcase a specific shade that sets it apart from others. Each flower is composed of many individual petals that are arranged in a radial fashion, emanating from the center of the bloom to create a full and lush appearance. The blossoms of the 'Allouise' may have a unique quality or pattern that distinguishes them, such as a particular hue or gradient within the flower or a distinct shape of the petals. The petals can be slender and elongated, or they can be broader with a more pronounced shape. They can be curled, quilled, or flat, contributing to the overall texture of the flower cluster. The foliage of Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' typically has a deep green color, which creates a beautiful backdrop for the showy flowers. The leaves can vary in shape from lanceolate to broadly ovate and may have lobed or serrated edges. They are arranged alternately along the stems, which can provide a dense, bushy appearance to the overall plant structure. Chrysanthemums, including the 'Allouise' variety, tend to bloom in late summer through fall, and their blossoms are a sight to behold when many other plants are beginning to fade. The plant itself can form a mounded or upright habit, with stems that can be sturdy and able to support the weight of the blooms. Overall, Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' is distinguishable by its colorful and full blooms, deep green foliage, and the timing of its flowering season that contributes to its widespread appeal as a decorative plant in gardens and floral displays.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Hardy Chrysanthemum, Mum, Garden Mum, Florist's Chrysanthemum

    • Common names

      Chrysanthemum 'Allouise'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as chrysanthemum, when ingested by humans, can cause dermatitis or skin irritation. While less common, if ingested, it can also lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a sensation of burning in the mouth or throat. In very rare cases, more severe reactions could occur, particularly in those with allergies to plants in the Asteraceae family.

    • To pets

      Chrysanthemum is toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. If a pet ingests this plant, symptoms of poisoning can include vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, incoordination, and dermatitis. In severe cases, the pet might also show signs of agitation or a decrease in heart rate. The toxicity is due to chemical compounds called pyrethrins, which are found in chrysanthemums. It is important to prevent pets from ingesting this plant and to seek veterinary care if they do.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-3 feet (0.3-0.9 meters)

    • Spread

      1-3 feet (0.3-0.9 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Appeal: The Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' offers vibrant floral displays that enhance garden aesthetics and indoor spaces.
    • Seasonal Color Variation: With its blooming season typically in the fall, it provides a splash of color when many other plants are dying back.
    • Easy to Cultivate: Chrysanthemums are generally easy to grow and maintain, making them suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Versatile Planting: They can be planted in borders, containers, and as part of cut flower gardens for decorative arrangements.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blooms attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Chrysanthemums have a certain level of drought tolerance, making them relatively resilient in varied conditions.
    • Long-lasting Blooms: The flowers have a long blooming period, providing color and interest over an extended time.
    • Symbolic Significance: Chrysanthemums are often associated with joy and beauty in different cultures, adding more than just visual appeal.

  • 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

    • Natural Dye: The petals of chrysanthemums can be used to create a natural yellow or golden dye for fabrics, yarn, and even in art projects.
    • Garden Companion Planting: Chrysanthemums can be planted alongside vegetables as companion plants to deter pests with their strong fragrance, potentially reducing the need for chemical pesticides.
    • Aquatic Plant Fertilizer: After decomposing, chrysanthemums can be added to aquatic systems, such as ponds, as a natural fertilizer to promote the growth of aquatic plants.
    • Craft Supplies: Dried chrysanthemum petals can be used in crafting, such as in making potpourri, candles, or adding texture to paper making.
    • Photography Prop: The diverse and vibrant colors of chrysanthemums can serve as an exceptional prop for still life photography.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not a common practice, the petals of some chrysanthemum varieties can be used to add a splash of color and mild flavor to salads or desserts. Always verify edibility before consumption.
    • Floral Art: Artists and florists may use chrysanthemum blooms to create intricate dried flower arrangements or to press into art pieces.
    • Bookmarks: Pressed chrysanthemum flowers can make unique and decorative bookmarks that preserve the beauty of the flower within the pages of a book.
    • Natural Confetti: Dried and crumbled petals of chrysanthemums can serve as eco-friendly confetti for outdoor celebrations.
    • Herbarium Specimens: Chrysanthemums can be pressed and preserved as specimens for botanical education and reference in herbarium collections.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Chrysanthemum is commonly used in Feng Shui to promote happiness and a life of ease. It can be placed in the living room or other areas where you wish to introduce positive energy and brighten the space with its lively color and energy.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chrysanthemum is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Longevity: Chrysanthemums are often associated with long life and well-being due to their hardiness and ability to bloom well into autumn.
    • Rebirth: The cycle of blooming year after year symbolizes renewal and the idea that life and beauty can flourish again after a period of dormancy.
    • Enduring Friendship: The robust nature of the chrysanthemum also represents strong relationships that stand the test of time.
    • Joy and Optimism: With its bright and cheerful appearance, the chrysanthemum commonly symbolizes happiness and a positive outlook on life.
    • Loyalty and Devotion: In some cultures, the chrysanthemum is given as a gift to symbolize loyalty and steadfastness in a romantic relationship or friendship.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Mums, including the Chrysanthemum 'Allouise', need to be watered regularly to maintain evenly moist soil, especially during their growing season in the spring and summer. The frequency of watering depends on the weather conditions and soil type but generally, water the plant once or twice a week with about one gallon of water per session for a medium-sized plant. In hotter, drier periods, more frequent watering may be necessary to prevent wilting. Reduce watering during the fall and winter when the plant is not actively growing. Always check the top inch of the soil before watering; if it feels dry, it's time to water the plant. It's best to water the soil directly, avoiding wetting the foliage to prevent disease.

  • sunLight

    Mums prefer full sunlight conditions and thrive best when they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The ideal spot for Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' is in an area where it can enjoy the morning sun, which is less intense, and be sheltered from the harsh afternoon sun, especially in hotter climates. An east- or southeast-facing location is often ideal for providing ample light without causing stress from the intense late-day sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Mums are quite hardy, and Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' can generally tolerate a temperature range from approximately 32 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They perform best in cooler conditions, ideally between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme heat can cause stress, while frost and sustained cold temperatures below the freezing point can damage the plant. To ensure healthy growth and bloom, try to maintain the plant in their ideal temperature range as much as possible.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning mums like Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' is important for encouraging bushy growth and more plentiful blooms. Pinch back new growth in late spring and early summer, removing the tips of the stems to promote branching. This can be done every few weeks until midsummer, which in most regions is around July 4th, as pruning late in the season can hinder flower development. Pruning during or after the flowering season generally involves removing spent blooms and trimming back dead or damaged stems to maintain the plant's appearance and health.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Mums thrive in well-draining soil with good organic content and a pH around 6.5. A mix of peat, perlite, and compost can provide the necessary drainage and fertility for Chrysanthemum 'Allouise.'

  • plantRepotting

    Mums should be repotted every one to two years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth. For best results, repot Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' in the spring before the growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mums prefer moderate humidity levels, with ideal conditions ranging from 40% to 60%. Chrysanthemum 'Allouise' does not require high humidity but should not be placed in overly dry environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Provide full sun to partial shade and shelter from winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Chrysanthemum 'Allouise Orange' begins its life cycle as a seed or more commonly from a cutting taken from a mature plant. Once planted, the cutting roots and the plant enters a vegetative growth stage, where it develops a robust system of stems and leaves during the spring and summer. As the plant matures, it enters the budding stage, where flower buds start to develop, usually triggered by shorter day lengths towards the end of summer. During the flowering stage in late summer to fall, the chrysanthemum blooms, revealing its characteristic bright, colorful flowers. After pollination, which may be facilitated by insects, the plant may produce seeds that can be dispersed to give life to new plants. Finally, as temperatures drop, the chrysanthemum enters dormancy or may die if not properly winterized, depending on the climate and care practices.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Chrysanthemum 'Allouise', commonly known as the mum, can be effectively propagated through the division of established plants. This popular method typically takes place in the spring, just as new growth begins to appear. To propagate by division, a gardener should carefully dig up the parent plant, ensuring a good amount of roots are intact with each section. These sections are then separated by hand or with a clean, sharp tool, making sure each new division has an adequate root system and several shoots. After division, the new plants should be immediately replanted at the same depth they were growing originally, and watered thoroughly. Each division will grow into a new mum that reflects the characteristics of the 'Allouise' variety, maintaining the colorful blooms that gardeners cherish.