What is a Mum and Why is it so Popular in Fall?

October 16th, 2020

Walking through your neighborhood at this time of year, you feel the crispness of Fall in the air and are surrounded by the beautiful warm tones of leaves as they are changing color and crunching beneath your feet. Fall decorations adorn front porches with plump orange pumpkins, gourds a plenty and colorful bush-like plants known as mums. But what is a mum and why has it become so popular at this time of year?

Mums or Chrysanthemums are part of the daisy family and come in a variety of colors. They are native to east Asia and northern eastern Europe and come in countless horticultural varieties. Their flower heads come in two different styles that are daisy-like or decorative, pompons or buttons. The traditional colors of a Chrysanthemum are yellow, but they do come in white, purple, red, and orange. Mums come in two groups, garden hardy or exhibition. Garden hardy mums are capable of withstanding winter temps in the northern hemisphere while exhibition varieties require a little extra care.

The name Chrysanthemum comes from the Greek word chrysos, meaning gold, and anthemon, meaning flower.  The mum symbolizes different things in various cultures including the changing of seasons, life and death, gifts for Mother’s Day, and it’s November’s birth flower. These reasons combined with the mums late bloom and hardiness to withstand cold temperatures is what makes it the perfect Fall flower.

Fossil Creek Nursery in Fort Collins carries a variety of mums at this time of year for you to decorate your outdoor space or dinner table with a touch of Fall. Mums are perennials so keep them potted through the winter, plant them in spring, and they should have a good root system to then bloom in Fall. Stop by the nursery to shop our colorful display of mums or give our knowledgeable staff members a call to learn more at 970.226.4924