Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth' (29d)

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


The Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth', often referred to simply as 'mum', is a flowering plant with a lush and vibrant appearance. This variety showcases a profusion of blooms that exhibit an alluring pink shade, with the flowers having a distinctive decorative form. The petals are arranged in a unique, layered pattern and tend to curl under gently towards the center, giving each flower a full and fluffy look. The foliage of the 'Janet Elizabeth' is deep green, which provides a striking contrast to the bright blossoms and adds to the overall lushness of the plant. The leaves are typically broad with a slightly serrated edge, contributing to the plant's dense and robust appearance. When in bloom, the numerous flowers create an inviting, soft mound of color, making the 'Janet Elizabeth' a favored choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of elegance and cheer to their gardens or for those who enjoy their beauty as cut flowers in floral arrangements.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Mum, Chrysanthemum.

    • Common names

      Dendranthema 'Janet Elizabeth', Chrysanthemum morifolium 'Janet Elizabeth'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Chrysanthemums, including Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth', can be toxic to humans if ingested. They contain compounds such as pyrethrins and sesquiterpene lactones that can cause adverse effects. Symptoms of poisoning may include dermatitis, skin rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, or hypersensitivity reactions in some individuals. If a significant amount is consumed, poisoning could result in more serious symptoms requiring medical attention.

    • To pets

      Chrysanthemums, like the Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth', are toxic to pets, specifically cats and dogs. The ingestion of any part of the plant can cause symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, hyper-salivation, incoordination, and dermatitis. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to neurological symptoms or more serious reactions, which would require prompt veterinary care.

  • 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 'Janet Elizabeth' is known for its strikingly beautiful, large, and colorful blooms that enhance the visual appeal of gardens and indoor spaces.
    • Pollinator Attraction: These flowers attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, contributing to pollination in the garden.
    • Long Blooming Period: This cultivar typically has a lengthy flowering phase, offering vibrant color and decoration over an extended season.
    • Versatility: It can be used in a variety of garden designs, including borders, pots, and as cut flowers for indoor decoration.
    • Seasonal Interest: Chrysanthemums bloom in late summer to fall, providing color and interest in the garden when many other plants are starting to decline.
    • Hardiness: This plant is relatively hardy and can withstand cooler temperatures, which makes it suitable for many climates.
    • Low Maintenance: 'Janet Elizabeth' does not require excessive care, making it an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

  • 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

    • Chrysanthemums like 'Janet Elizabeth' can be used as a natural dye source; the blooms create beautiful yellow to golden hues on fabric when used in the dyeing process.
    • The petals of chrysanthemums are edible and can be used as a colorful garnish on salads, desserts, and other dishes to add a touch of elegance.
    • In art, the striking appearance of Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth' makes it an ideal subject for botanical illustration and watercolor paintings.
    • These flowers can serve as a natural pest deterrent when planted in gardens, as certain pests are repelled by the compounds chrysanthemums release.
    • They can be used in potpourri mixtures, providing a subtle fragrance and adding color and variety to the mix.
    • Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth' is often used in the practice of flower arranging and can be a key element in ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.
    • These flowers are sometimes utilized in photography for macro photography exercises due to their intricate petal patterns and vibrant colors.
    • Chrysanthemums are considered symbols of fidelity, optimism, joy, and longevity, making them suitable for celebratory events and festivities as part of decorations.
    • In some cultures, chrysanthemum flowers are used to adorn graves and are involved in rituals to honor ancestors and loved ones who have passed.
    • Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth' can be a natural indicator plant; its condition can signal the overall health of a garden ecosystem, showing signs of pests or disease that might affect other plants.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Chrysanthemum is used in Feng Shui practice as it is believed to bring happiness and laughter into the home. It is often recommended to place Chrysanthemums in areas of the home that need energy uplifted, particularly in the living room or spaces where guests are received. According to Feng Shui, white chrysanthemums are associated with purity and metal energy, making them beneficial for fostering clarity and precision.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Chrysanthemum is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Longevity: Chrysanthemums are often associated with long life and well-being. This is due to their hardiness and ability to bloom into late autumn.
    • Rejuvenation: As the chrysanthemum can endure and revive each year, it symbolizes renewal and the power to recover from adversity.
    • Cheerfulness: The bright and colorful flowers of the chrysanthemum bring joy and happiness, hence its association with cheerfulness.
    • Friendship: In some cultures, chrysanthemums are given to friends as a symbol of a strong, healthy friendship and well-wishing.
    • Loyalty: The recurring blooming of the flower signifies loyalty and devotion, making it a popular gift between loved ones.

Every 1-2 weeks
5000 - 2500 Lux
Every year
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Mums, such as the 'Janet Elizabeth', should be watered regularly to maintain evenly moist soil, especially during the growing season. Typically, they will need about 1 inch of water per week, whether from rainfall or manual watering. During hot and dry spells, you may need to water the plants two to three times a week. It's best to water these plants at the base to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to disease. Overwatering or allowing the plants to sit in water can cause root rot, so ensure good drainage and taper off watering as the plant goes dormant after blooming.

  • sunLight

    Mums thrive in a location where they can receive full sun, meaning at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. However, in regions with very hot summers, providing afternoon shade can prevent scorching of the leaves. The best spot for 'Janet Elizabeth' is in a garden bed or container that has clear access to sunlight for the majority of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The ideal growing temperatures for mums are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 'Janet Elizabeth' mums can survive minor dips below this range and can tolerate temperatures down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods. However, prolonged exposure to temperatures below freezing can damage the plant. Generally, mums are not tolerant of high heat, so if temperatures consistently exceed 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the plant may require extra attention to ensure it does not overheat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning mums, including 'Janet Elizabeth', encourages bushier growth and more abundant blooms. Pinch back the tips of the stems in early summer, when they are about 6 inches tall, to promote branching. Continue to pinch back the new growth every few weeks until about mid-July. Do not prune mums in the fall, as they need time to prepare for winter dormancy. After blooming has finished, remove spent flowers to keep the plants tidy and healthy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Mums prefer well-draining soil enriched with compost and a pH between 6.5 to 6.7. A mix of equal parts peat, perlite, and loam supports healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Mums should be repotted every one to two years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth; spring is the best time for repotting.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mums thrive in moderate humidity levels, generally between 40%-60%, which helps maintain healthy foliage and vibrant blooms.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light, keep soil consistently moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth' begins its life as a seed that germinates when environmental conditions are suitable—usually in spring or early summer. The seed develops into a seedling, which then grows into a vegetative plant with leaves through the process of photosynthesis. This stage is followed by the formation of buds, which bloom into the distinctive flowers that characteristically emerge in late summer to autumn. After flowering, the plant goes through pollination, possibly facilitated by insects, leading to the production of seeds that will disperse to propagate the next generation. When the blooming period ends, the plant enters a phase of senescence in cooler climates, where it may die back to the ground and become dormant over winter, or it may continue to grow in milder regions. Each spring, the plant can regrow from its root system if it hasn't been killed by frost, completing its perennial cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Chrysanthemum 'Janet Elizabeth', commonly known as mums or mums 'Janet Elizabeth', can be propagated effectively through stem cuttings, a popular method due to its ease and effectiveness. To propagate mums using stem cuttings, one should start in the late spring when the plant's growth is vigorous. Select a healthy, non-flowering stem and cut a 4 to 6-inch (about 10 to 15 cm) section just below a leaf node. Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting to prevent excess moisture loss and then dip the cut end into a rooting hormone powder to enhance root development. The cutting should then be planted in a well-draining soil mix, with the lower half buried and the soil kept consistently moist but not waterlogged. Place the cutting in indirect light and maintain a temperature between 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 21 to 24 degrees Celsius) to encourage rooting, which typically takes 2 to 3 weeks.