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I was told that both of these plants (they grow as neighbors in the same bed) are chrysanthemums, and that one is an annual and the other is a perennial kind.

Could that be right and if so what are the two specific kinds?

UPDATE A look at this assortment suggests that both plants may indeed be chrysanthemums but I am still interested in an expert opinion.

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  • They do indeed look like mums, but is it possible for you to get some more complete pics? – J. Musser Dec 31 '14 at 19:16
  • @J.Musser They are all gone now, so unfortunately I can't provide better pictures. – Drux Dec 31 '14 at 19:28
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Looks like both are mums, yes. But to me, it looks like they are both perennials. Look at the leaves. They both have the leaf type of Chrysanthemum x morifolium, which is what perennial garden mums are based on. Look at the edges of this leaf:

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There are many kinds of mums, but this leaf with a large/showy flower signifies a plant that was developed from Chrysanthemum x morifolium.

  • If you could find one, a photo of an annual Chrysanthemum leaf would be useful for contrast with the perennial type. – Niall C. Jan 1 '15 at 18:28
  • @NiallC. There are dozens of species of annual mum, I guess I could just pick one. – J. Musser Jan 1 '15 at 18:30

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