Classifications

For ease of identification the National Chrysanthemum Society divides bloom forms into 13 classes.

Photographs courtesy of Irene Murt and many of our members.

Class 1

Irregular Incurve

Class 1

Irregular Incurve

These are the giant blooms of the chrysanthemum genus.  The florets (petals) loosely incurve and make fully closed centers. The lower florets present an irregular appearance and may give a skirted effect.

Class 1
Class 1

Class 1
Class 1

Champaign Beauty
Champaign Beauty

Class 1
Class 1

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Class 2
Reflex 

The florets in this class curve downward and overlap, similar to bird plumage. The tops of these blooms are full but somewhat flattened. 

Class 2

Reflex 

C2 Yellow Symbol
C2 Yellow Symbol

C2 oe 4  Pretty Polly'
C2 oe 4 Pretty Polly'

C2 Group
C2 Group

C2 Yellow Symbol
C2 Yellow Symbol

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Class 3
Regular Incurve

A true globular bloom equal in breadth and depth. The florets smoothly incurve and form a regular ball. 

Class 3

Regular Incurve

C3 Group
C3 Group

C3 Group
C3 Group

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Class 4

Decorative

Class 4
Decorative

As in the above classes, the center disk should not be visible. The upper florets tend to incurve, but the lower petals generally reflex. 

Class 4 Muma
Class 4 Muma

Class 4 Muma
Class 4 Muma

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Class 5

Intermediate Incurve

Class 5
Intermediate Incurve

This bloom class is smaller than the irregular incurve with shorter florets, only partially incurving with full centers, but giving a more open appearance.

C5 Seton's J'dor
C5 Seton's J'dor

C5 Pearl Edward 2
C5 Pearl Edward 2

C5 Seton's J'dor
C5 Seton's J'dor

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Class 6

Pompon

Class 6
Pompon

A small globular bloom, somewhat flat when young but fully rounded when mature, Size ranges from small button types to large disbudded blooms almost 4" in diameter.  The florets incurve or reflex in a regular manner and fully conceal the center.

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Class 5 Duplicaate
Class 5 Duplicaate

Class 5 pompom 2
Class 5 pompom 2

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Class 7

Single/Semi-double

Class 7
Single/Semi-double

A daisy-like flower with a center disk and one or more rows of ray petals.

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C2 Domingo
C2 Domingo

C7 Group
C7 Group

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Class 8
Anemone

These blooms are similar to the semi-doubles but have a raised cushion-like center.

Class 8

Anemone

C8 Prom Queen
C8 Prom Queen

C8 Lynn Anderton
C8 Lynn Anderton

C8 Group
C8 Group

C8 Prom Queen
C8 Prom Queen

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Class 9

Spoons

Class 9
Spoons

Essentially the same as the semi-double, except the ray florets are like spoons at the tips. The center disk is round and visible. 

C9 Fantasy (2)
C9 Fantasy (2)

Redwing C9
Redwing C9

class 9 spoon
class 9 spoon

C9 Fantasy (2)
C9 Fantasy (2)

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Class 10

Quills

Class 10
Quill

These blooms have florets that are straight and tubular with open tips. The bloom is fully double with no open center. 

C10 Lola 2
C10 Lola 2

C10 Shamrock C10
C10 Shamrock C10

C10 Pittsburg Purple
C10 Pittsburg Purple

C10 Lola 2
C10 Lola 2

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Class 11

Spider

Class 11 Spiders

These blooms have florets which may coil or hook at the ends. The florets may be very fine to coarse. 

C11 Symphony
C11 Symphony

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C11 Symphony
C11 Symphony

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Class 12

Brush and Thistle

Class 12
Brush and Thistle

These blooms have fine tubular florets which grow parallel to the stem and resemble an artist's paintbrush or a thistle form with florets that are flattened, twisted, and drooping, 

C12 Group
C12 Group

C12 Brush and Thistle No Name
C12 Brush and Thistle No Name

C12 Group
C12 Group

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Class 13

Exotic or Unclassified

Class 13
Exotic or Unclassified

These blooms do not fit in any of the other classes. They are often exotic with twisted florets. They may also exhibit characteristics of more than one bloom class. 

C13 or 2 Lili Gallon
C13 or 2 Lili Gallon

C13 Shizu Aki
C13 Shizu Aki

C13 Group
C13 Group

C13 or 2 Lili Gallon
C13 or 2 Lili Gallon

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