Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang' (29d)

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


Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang' is a visually striking plant known for its decorative flowers. The blooms display a captivating blend of colors, often showcasing rich, warm shades such as bronzy-orange and deep yellows. These colors give the impression of autumnal hues, making the flowers standout in a garden setting. The flowers themselves are defined by a multitude of petals that create a dense, pompom-like effect, captivating the eye with their texture and fullness. Each petal is somewhat elongated and rounded at the tips, radiating from the center of the flower to form a spherical shape. The layering of the petals can sometimes give each flower a multi-dimensional look, adding to the plant's lush appearance. Leaves of the Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang' are typically deep green, providing a striking contrast to the warm tones of the flowers. The foliage often has a deeply lobed and serrated edge, with a somewhat glossy surface that catches the light, accentuating the color and form of the plant. The overall appearance of Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang' is one of vibrant color and abundant, full blossoms that create a sense of richness and warmth in any setting where they are planted. The plant is commonly used in ornamental displays due to these striking visual characteristics.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Wessex Tang Chrysanthemum, Hardy Chrysanthemum, Garden Mum

    • Common names

      Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Chrysanthemum may have varying levels of toxicity to humans when ingested. In general, Chrysanthemums contain compounds that can cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals upon skin contact. If consumed, parts of the plant may lead to gastrointestinal upset, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It is advisable to seek medical attention if any part of the Chrysanthemum plant is ingested and symptoms occur.

    • To pets

      Chrysanthemum is toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. The plant contains pyrethrins and other compounds that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hypersalivation, incoordination, and dermatitis. In severe cases, ingestion may lead to neurological symptoms such as tremors or seizures. It is recommended to consult a veterinarian immediately if your pet ingests any part of the Chrysanthemum plant and shows signs of poisoning.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-3 feet (30-90 cm)

    • Spread

      1-3 feet (30-90 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Decorative Appeal: Chrysanthemums, including the 'Wessex Tang', are widely appreciated for their vibrant bloom colors and variety of flower forms which enhance the aesthetic of gardens and indoor spaces.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: They attract beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, which are important for pollination and maintaining ecological balance.
    • Seasonal Color: Chrysanthemums offer a splash of color in autumn when many other plants have finished flowering, extending the visual appeal of gardens into the fall season.
    • Easy to Grow: This variety is known for being low-maintenance, making it suitable for beginners and those with less gardening experience.
    • Versatility: Suitable for borders, containers, and as cut flowers, giving gardeners and florists a range of uses.
    • Durable: They are relatively hardy and can withstand different environmental conditions, thus they're a good choice for varying climates.

  • 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 'Wessex Tang' can be used as natural pest control in gardens by repelling harmful insects such as aphids and spider mites thanks to the pyrethrin in their flowers.
    • The petals of Chrysanthemums can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, offering hues from light pale colors to vibrant yellows and golds depending on the concentration.
    • As a companion plant, 'Wessex Tang' can benefit vegetable crops by attracting beneficial insects like ladybugs and bees which help in pollination and pest control.
    • Chrysanthemum flowers are sometimes incorporated into art projects, such as pressing them for craft purposes or using them in floral arrangements to teach about texture and color.
    • The robust stems of chrysanthemums can be used in basic woodworking projects for children, like making picture frames or simple garden stakes.
    • Chrysanthemum leaves can serve as a green biomass addition to compost piles, enriching the compost with nutrients as they break down.
    • The vibrant flowers can be utilized in the creation of natural confetti or potpourri, which can be scented with essential oils to enhance their fragrance.
    • Dried Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in sachets to freshen up drawers and closets or tucked into books to leave a subtle scent on the pages.
    • The 'Wessex Tang' variety, with its rich colors, can be featured in photography and botanical illustration classes to teach composition, color balance, and shading.
    • During seasonal festivals, such as fall harvest celebrations, Chrysanthemums can be used as natural decorations due to their autumnal colors and long-lasting blooms.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant_name is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant_name is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Longevity and Immortality: Chrysanthemums are often associated with long life and well-being in many cultures, due to their hardiness and ability to bloom into the winter.
    • Rebirth and Renewal: The cycle of blooming each year symbolizes rebirth and the idea of life continuing through the generations.
    • Loyalty and Devotion: In some cultures, giving a chrysanthemum to someone can signify deep loyalty and a commitment to the relationship.
    • Nobility: In historical contexts, particularly in Asian countries, the chrysanthemum is a noble flower often associated with aristocracy and elegance.
    • Ease and Relaxation: Chrysanthemums are frequently used in traditional medicines and teas, symbolizing a relaxed state of mind and body.
    • Death and Mourning: In many European countries, chrysanthemums are used as funeral flowers or to honor the deceased, symbolizing respect and grief in the face of death.

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

    Mums, or Chrysanthemums, including the 'Wessex Tang' variety, should be watered consistently to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. During active growth periods, typically in the spring and summer, mums may require watering once every two to three days, depending on weather conditions. When watering, provide enough water to soak the top 6 to 8 inches of soil, which may be approximately 1 gallon for a medium-sized plant. It's important to decrease the frequency of watering during the fall and winter months to prevent root rot, ideally reducing it to once a week or less, depending on the plant's environment and indoor humidity levels.

  • sunLight

    Mums thrive best in full sun conditions, meaning they require a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The ideal spot for the Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang' is in a location where the plant can receive ample morning sunlight and partial shade during the hottest part of the afternoon, promoting vibrant blooms and healthy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Chrysanthemums prefer moderate temperatures and can generally tolerate a range from 32°F to 90°F. The ideal temperature range for mums is between 60°F and 75°F. Extreme heat or frost can be detrimental to the plant; therefore, protecting mums from frost by bringing them indoors or providing cover during cold nights is important, while also ensuring they are not exposed to prolonged periods of temperatures above 90°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning mums, including 'Wessex Tang', encourages bushier growth and more blooms. Pinch back the tips and the first set of leaves on each stem when the plants are about 6 inches tall, typically in late spring or early summer. Continue to pinch back every few weeks until mid-summer (around July) to encourage branching and a more robust shape. Pruning is not necessary after this period as it can interfere with bud formation for the fall bloom season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for mums, including Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang', should be well-draining with a high content of organic matter. A mix of loam, peat, and perlite or sand can provide the necessary drainage and nutrient retention. The ideal pH range for mums is slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Mums, such as Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang', typically need to be repotted every one to two years. This ensures that they have enough space for root growth and access to fresh, nutrient-rich soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mums, like Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang', prefer moderate humidity levels. Aim for a relative humidity around 40-60% for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright indirect light and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Choose sunny spot with well-draining soil and space for air flow.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang', commonly known as the Hardy Garden Mum, begins its life cycle when the seeds are sown or cuttings are taken from a mature plant to propagate new plants. After germination, the seedlings develop into young plants with a rosette of leaves at the soil surface. As the plant matures, it enters a vegetative growth stage marked by the development of a strong stem and a fuller set of leaves. Once mature and environmental conditions are favorable, typically in late summer to autumn, the plant enters the flowering stage, producing vibrant flowers that are the hallmark of the species. After blooming, the plant sets seed if flowers are pollinated, completing the reproductive stage of its life cycle. Finally, in regions with cold winters, the plant will become dormant, losing its above-ground portions to frost, with its roots surviving underground before regenerating in the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for the Chrysanthemum 'Wessex Tang', commonly referred to as mums, is through division. This is ideally done in the spring once the risk of frost has passed and new growth appears. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the entire plant and gently separate the clumps into smaller sections, making sure each new section has adequate roots and shoots. Replant the divisions immediately into well-draining soil, spacing them about 18 to 24 inches apart (45 to 60 centimeters), to provide them room to grow. Water the newly planted divisions thoroughly to help establish them. This method ensures that the new plants will be true to the parent in terms of flower color, form, and growth habits, making it a reliable means to expand your garden's display of mums.