In this article I will talk about edible chrysanthemums and some of the species of this plant.
Chrysanthemum carinatum is an annual herb with erect, branched from the base of stems, height of 50-80 cm Leaves dissected, after shearing, are quickly being replaced with a new one. The flowers are two-or three-color: white, yellow, red to the base, brown, bronze collected in large, 5-7 cm in diameter, single baskets on long, strong peduncles; bloom from August to late autumn. The fruits – achenes; ripens in September. Decorative varieties: ‘Court Jesters ‘(inflorescences with a diameter of 8 cm, from white and yellow to orange, bright red, chestnut, bordered in orange or red),’ Polar Star’ (inflorescences pale yellow, bordered in orange), a series of Dunetti (inflorescences semi-double, variegated color). Homeland: Morocco.
Chrysanthemum multicaule is an annual herbaceous compact plant with numerous erect stems, 15-25 cm high. the Leaves are small, collected in a root rosette, deeply dissected. Flowers are bright yellow, collected in single baskets on thin peduncles; bloom in June-July. Fruits-achenes; ripen in August-September. Homeland: Asia.
Chrysanthemum coronarium annual herb with erect, much branched stems, height up to 80-100 (150) cm Leaves twice pinnate. Yellow flowers are collected in numerous baskets on long peduncles; bloom in May-June. Fruits-achenes; ripen in July-August. Ornamental cultivar ‘Primrose Gem’ (height 30-45 cm, the inflorescence is initially pink, then yellow with Golden middle). Homeland: Mediterranean.
Edible chrysanthemums-cultivated exotic vegetables, medicinal, ornamental plants. In the food consumed young leaves with a pleasant, spicy smell of parsley, stems (salads, soups, meat, vegetable dishes, sauces), inflorescence (pickles, jewelry, dishes). For therapeutic purposes, inflorescences are used in diseases of the cardiovascular system, hypertension, to improve immunity and as a tonic.
Bright, abundant flowering allows edible chrysanthemums to occupy a prominent place as a curb on the ground garden (undersized species and varieties), in the workings on the lawn, flower beds, in the mixborder, where they may well cope with the role of focal (in group planting) or accompanying elements. Distance between plants 30-35 (for tall forms), 20 — 25 cm (for short forms). Undemanding to soil, but grow best on fertile.