Wordless Wednesday – A lovely old-fashioned Chrysanthemum!

Chrysanthemum 'Emperor of China@

Chrysanthemum ‘Emperor of China’ is an old hybrid with beautifully quilled petals. These are dark crimson in bud and, on opening, at the centre, but fade to a frosted pink as layers gradually unfurl. Colder autumn temperatures cause the foliage to turn an attractive deep maroon, developing them into the perfect foil for the flowers. At this time of year though, the main question is whether you get to see all this beauty before frost ends the show! Photo taken 21/10/2021


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15 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – A lovely old-fashioned Chrysanthemum!

  1. smallsunnygarden says:

    It’s lovely. I grew the Emperor many years ago and recognized it when I saw your photograph–a very distinctive and beautiful chrysanthemum. I hope you get lots of bloom before the frost arrives!

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    One I have always admired. It’s so beautiful!

  3. shoreacres says:

    I tried to figure out what “quilled” means in relationship to flowers, but I kept bumping into articles about paper art. What are quilled petals?

    • I’ve always wanted to try that! The photo doesn’t really show its quilled petals very clearly I am afraid, except at the very middle of the shot. Another way to describe them is spooned. They are tubular (so rolled liked the paper craft) at their base and then flair into an open scoop at the ends.

  4. susurrus says:

    A beautiful antique pink colour too.

  5. Love pink chystanthemum.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    C. ‘Emperor of China’ is one to watch for. I never think to add specific forms of chrysanthemums until I see posts like yours. Beautiful.

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