Chrysanthemum 'Clara Curtis'

Clara Curtis Hardy Garden Mum

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Description

'Clara Curtis' is a very late flowering cultivar of Korean mum with large, light pink to lavender "daisies" covering the foliage. An heirloom cultivar originally from Russia, this plant is sometimes sold under the name of 'Country Girl'. Reliably hardy in the Chicago area, this is a mum that gardeners can plant and forget about; it thrives in full sun and average soils with moderate fertility. Not considered tasty by rabbits and deer, the foliage is sometimes troubled with leaf miner insects when grown near a night light that is consistently left on. (This applies to other plants as well.) Mail order firms now ship biological controls to homeowners as well as commercial greenhouses. The parasitic wasps are very tiny, and eat only leaf miners, so other "beneficial" insects are not harmed. In contrast, chemical sprays to control leafminers often kill off their natural predators as well, resulting in a troubling cycle of increased resistance to pesticides.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Mounded
Exposure
Full Sun
Bloom Time
September - October
Bloom Color
Pink, Lavender
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
4 - 9