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Yellow Chamomile

Anthemis tinctoria

Dyer's Chamomile, Golden Marguerite, Oxye Chamomile, Golden Camomile

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Anthemis tinctoria is an evergreen perennial that is grown for its vibrant yellow daisy-like flowers that were traditionally used to make yellow and gold dyes. It grows into a clump of fern-like leaves that have a faint chamomile scent which provides winter interest. This perennial is very hardy and grows easily and becomes very effective when planted in informal drifts as well as being very good for cut flowers. Ideally grown in full sun and moist but well-drained soils but will tolerate dry and poor soils.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest flowers every two to three weeks once they are mature and dry them completely ready to be used in a dye bath.

Propagation

Seed
Sow indoors from April. Should be sown thinly with a light covering of compost and kept moist.
Cuttings
Root basal cuttings can be taken from this during spring
Division
Can be lifted and divided during spring.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Europe, and the Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild - Foliage has a mild chamomile scent

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