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Blooming with Beauty and Purpose

As a member of the Asteraceae family, chrysanthemums are related to dahlias, sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, cosmos and more.

Today's chrysanthemums are highly evolved flowers. The bloom, appearing as a single (colloquially called) flower, are actually multiple flowers called florets. Two kinds of florets are present in a single bloom - disk florets and ray florets. The outer (often longer) parts are the ray florets, and the inner (often shorter) eye parts are the disk florets. 

The National Chrysanthemum Society classifies chrysanthemums into 13 classes as below.

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