The Different Types of Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are lovely daisy-like plants that are very popular. In fact, this plant, which has thousands of varieties, is the second most popular flower in the word to find planted in gardens.

With so many different variations, you will have quite a few sizes, colors, and flowers to select from for your garden.

In general, they prefer to grow in well-drained soil and need at least six hours of full sunlight a day. They are relatively low maintenance, but they will need to be pruned in the middle of summer to encourage more blooms during the fall.

Let’s take a look at some of the different types of chrysanthemums that you can plant.

Single Bloom

This type of chrysanthemum has white petals with yellow centers just like a daisy. The main difference is that the centers of these blooms are larger, and there are more petals around the flower. The bushes with single blooms grow to be about two to three feet tall, and there is only one bloom on each of the stems.

Spider Blooms

The petals of this type are long and thin, which makes them look like spider legs. These tubular petals often go in all different directions, and they come in a variety of shades of yellow. The petals grow to be about six inches in length, and they can curl slightly at the end towards the center of the plant.

Quilled Blooms

This is a unique flower that has petals that are somewhat narrow and spiky. The edges of the petals are often cupped, and the tips can be a different color than the rest of the petal. The flowers are very quill-like, and they come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, and yellow.


The anemone is a plant that has a bloom with a single disc center with smaller petals along the outside edge. The middle is a bit raised and looks like a cushion or a button. This type of chrysanthemum comes in a variety of colors, but shades of purple are prevalent for this plant.


The pompons variety is one that is quite small when compared to other chrysanthemums. It can grow to be one to four inches in diameter, and it will be shaped like a globe with several small, curved petals creating the bloom. The flowers can be seen blooming in a variety of colors that range from white and lavender to crimson red.

Spoon Blooms

The petals of this variety’s flowers have little curls that open up towards the tip of the petal to look like a spoon. The center of the flower is a button-like disc that is relatively flat. Typically, the petals and the center of the flower are different colors; however, pink is a common color for spoon blooms.

Thistle Chrysanthemums

Sometimes called bush blooms, this is a variation that has thin petals that are often twisted or curved in a slope, which makes them look a little wild. Typically, the whimsical flower will be about two inches in diameter, and they come in a variety of colors.

Chrysanthemums Varieties

Chrysanthemum superbum Alaska (Shasta Daisy)

The Shasta daisy grows in zones five through nine, and it can grow to a height of about three feet. It blooms white flowers in July and August, and it needs full sun and well-drained soil to grow. It will attract butterflies to your garden. This plant is also deer resistant, and it can tolerate dry soil.

Chrysanthemum Anastasia Green

Chrysanthemum Anastasia Green

This is a spider bloom that is very unique because the flower is a lime green color. It has petals that curl at the tips with no defined center of the plant. Blooms range from three to five inches in diameter, and it will grow in well-drained soil and full-sun conditions in zones five to nine.

Chrysanthemum ‘Creamist Golden’

This is a plant that has bright yellow blooms. It flowers during the fall of the year, and it will reach a mature height of about 3 ½ feet when it is mature. It requires full sun and well-drained soil to grow. It can grow in any type of soil, but clay or sandy soil is ideal for drainage.