Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum 'Gold Mundial' (6b)

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


The Chrysanthemum 'Gold Mundial', commonly known as the mum, is a flowering plant that is widely appreciated for its ornamental value. The appearance of this particular variety is characterized by its lush, full foliage and the striking gold-colored blossoms that it produces. The leaves are typically a deep green, which provides a beautiful contrast to the bright flowers. The blossoms of the 'Gold Mundial' mum are particularly eye-catching, with numerous layered petals that create a pompon-like effect. The gold color of the petals is bold and vibrant, giving the plant a warm and sunny look. These flowers usually emerge in a clustered formation, making the plant look quite dense and filled with color when in bloom. Each flower is composed of a central disk, from which the multitude of petals radiate. The petals themselves may have a slightly lighter or darker hue at the tips or base, adding depth and texture to the appearance of the blooms. The overall effect is that of a cheerful and robust plant that can add brightness to any garden or floral arrangement.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Gold Mundial Chrysanthemum, Hardy Garden Mum, Hardy Chrysanthemum.

    • Common names

      Chrysanthemum 'Gold Mundial'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The chrysanthemum, including the 'Gold Mundial' variety, is generally not considered highly toxic to humans. However, it can cause dermatitis or skin irritation in some individuals who have sensitivities to the plant's natural chemicals. If ingested, it may lead to mild gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, though serious cases of poisoning are rare.

    • To pets

      Chrysanthemums are toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. If a pet ingests any part of the chrysanthemum plant, they may exhibit symptoms of poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, incoordination, and dermatitis. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious symptoms such as an increase in heart rate and muscle tremors. Prompt veterinary care is advised if a pet has ingested this plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (61 centimeters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (61 centimeters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Adds vibrant color and aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes with its bright yellow blooms.
    • Extended Blooming: Offers a long flowering season, often from summer through fall, providing sustained beauty.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Easy Cultivation: Known for being relatively easy to grow and maintain in a variety of garden settings.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, it has good resistance to short periods of drought.
    • Soil Adaptability: Can thrive in a range of soil types, as long as there is good drainage.
    • Cold Hardy: Suitable for growth in USDA zone 6b, demonstrating resilience in cooler climates.
    • Cut Flower Use: Stems and blooms are excellent for creating vibrant and long-lasting cut flower arrangements.

  • 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

    • Artistic Dye: The petals of the Chrysanthemum can be used to create a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of colors from greens to yellows, depending on the mordant used.
    • Botanical Photography: The 'Gold Mundial' variety, with its vivid yellow petals, is often sought after by photographers looking to capture the beauty of flowers in their work.
    • Culinary Garnish: Although not typical for the 'Gold Mundial', Chrysanthemum petals can be used to garnish dishes, adding a unique and edible decoration.
    • Biological Pest Control: Chrysanthemums can be planted between vegetable crops to help repel certain harmful insects due to their natural insecticidal properties.
    • Companion Planting: This plant can be used in gardens to attract beneficial insects such as ladybugs, which in turn help to control aphid populations.
    • Floral Crafts: The sturdy stems and bright flowers of the Chrysanthemum 'Gold Mundial' make them excellent for creating dried flower arrangements and wreaths.
    • Fragrance Production: Though not common for this specific cultivar, Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in the production of certain perfumes and scented oils.
    • Bioindicators: Chrysanthemums can be used as indicators of environmental change in gardens or greenhouses, as they can exhibit signs of distress when exposed to harmful conditions.
    • Teaching Tool: The 'Gold Mundial' Chrysanthemum can be used in educational settings to teach students about plant biology, cultivation, and the importance of pollinators.
    • Symbolic Gifts: In some cultures, Chrysanthemums are given as gifts to symbolize longevity, joy, and optimism, making the 'Gold Mundial' an ideal present for certain occasions.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Chrysanthemums are associated with happiness and well-being in Feng Shui, so placing them in areas of the home where you wish to invite positive energy, such as the living room or as a dining table centerpiece, can be beneficial.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chrysanthemum is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Longevity and Immortality: Chrysanthemums have been associated with long life and perpetual youth, as they are known to bloom vibrantly well into the autumn when other flowers have faded.
    • Rebirth and Renewal: Their tendency to bloom in the fall, a time when most plants start to wither, symbolizes the idea of revival and the cycle of life.
    • Nobility and Honor: In many Asian cultures, the chrysanthemum is a noble flower, often associated with royalty and dignity.
    • Loyalty and Devotion: Their lasting nature and the way they return year after year is symbolic of steadfastness and faithfulness in relationships.
    • Joy and Optimism: The bright, cheerful bloom of the 'Gold Mundial' chrysanthemum radiates positivity and is often used to convey happiness.
    • Beauty and Perfection: The intricate layers of the chrysanthemum petals represent physical beauty and the idea of an idealized perfection in some cultures.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Mums, including the 'Gold Mundial' chrysanthemums, prefer evenly moist soil, so water them thoroughly whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. In general, this may mean watering once every week, but the frequency can increase during hot, dry periods. Aim for about 1 gallon of water per plant for each watering session, ensuring the water reaches deep into the root zone. During the growing season, water needs may intensify, especially if the plant is in a pot. Always avoid overwatering as it can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Mums thrive in full sun, so the 'Gold Mundial' variety should be placed in an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. These plants will perform best and produce the most flowers when provided with ample sunshine. Avoid overly shaded areas, which can lead to poor blooming and a leggy growth habit.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The 'Gold Mundial' chrysanthemum does well in a wide range of temperatures but prefers conditions between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about -10 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing it to be grown in zones as cold as 6b. Protect the plant from extreme heat, as temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit may stress it and affect blooming.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune 'Gold Mundial' mums in early spring, removing dead or weak stems to maintain vigor and shape. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continual blooming. In late summer, pinch back the tips to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Pruning is typically done once a year, but deadheading and pinching should be done as needed throughout the growing season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for mums should be well-draining with a mix of garden soil, peat moss, and perlite. It should have a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Mums should be repotted every one to two years or when they outgrow their current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mums prefer a moderate humidity level, avoiding excessively dry or highly humid environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, moderate humidity, and avoid drafts for indoor mums.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil with full sun to part shade for outdoor mums.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Chrysanthemum 'Gold Mundial', commonly known as mums or chrysanths, begins its lifecycle with the germination of seeds or rooting of cuttings, which leads to the growth of a juvenile plant. As the plant matures, it develops a dense foliage of deeply lobed leaves on strong stems. During the flowering stage, usually triggered by shorter day lengths as autumn approaches, the plant produces numerous flower heads composed of vibrant gold-colored petals surrounding a central disc. After blooming, the flowers eventually fade and the plant enters a dormant phase, particularly in regions with cold winters like USDA zone 6b, where the above-ground parts may die back. In spring, new growth emerges from surviving rootstock or from the previous year's plant if it was protected from severe cold. This chrysanthemum may complete its cycle in one season as an annual or live for several years as a perennial with proper care, including deadheading, pruning, and winter mulch for protection.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for the Chrysanthemum 'Gold Mundial', commonly known as the Hardy Garden Mum, is through division. This technique is best performed in the spring when new growth appears. The process involves carefully digging up an established plant and gently separating the young shoots from the outer edges of the clump with a portion of the root system attached. These divisions should be replanted into well-draining soil at the same depth they were growing before, and watered thoroughly. Keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged is crucial to help the newly planted divisions establish their roots. This method of propagation is efficient and maintains the genetic consistency of the original plant.