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Chrysanthemums parade their colors at the fall flower show.

Chrysanthemum

Posted September 19, 2013. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

Chrysanthemum is the genus name of about 100 species of colorful flowers from Asia and northeast Europe. Since ancient times, chrysanthemums, or mums, have been a sought-after favorite.

Cultivated as early as the 15th century B.C., Confucius recorded the chrysanthemum in his writings in 500 B.C. Japan was so impressed by the chrysanthemum that it was adopted as the imperial seal. With colors including red, yellow, orange, white, and purple, mums have enough varieties to suit all flower lovers. This type of flower blooms in the fall, making it a perfect feature in our fall flower show.

See mums blooming alongside Mexican sage, lion’s tail, and other autumn beauties at the ABQ BioPark’s Fall Fiesta of Flowers now through the first frost.

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