Anthemis tinctoria: Golden marguerite, oxeye chamomile, yellow chamomile


You will not confuse Anthemis tinctoria with the typical daisy. Also known as oxeye chamomile, this perennial flower's large dome center is encircled by short petals. The golden-yellow color of the center cone and petals contributes to one of the flower’s name, “golden marguerite.” The alternate name, “oxeye chamomile,” plays on the large cone center comparable to the size of an oxen’s eye, with a hint towards its use as a herb to make (among other things) chamomile tea.

Growth habit

Check the plant tag for specifics, but expect the plant to grow 1 to 3 feet tall and wide. Anthemis tinctoria grows best in full sun and is cold hardy in USDA planting zones 3 through 7. Blooms display for several weeks in the summer.

Planting

Plant Anthemis tinctoria when potted plants are available in for your USDA area, which may be early spring. Work the soil to a depth of at least 8 inches. Anthemis tinctoria does not do well in clay soil. However, if you work top soil and leaf mold into clay soil to a depth of at least 8 inches, the plants may grow well. Set multiple plants about 2 feet apart.


Care

Every two years, dig up the root ball in early spring and divide it into sections about the size of a baseball. Immediately replant. Water plants every seven to 10 days, spring through summer, if there is no rainfall. Spread 1 to 2 inches of mulch, like pine chips or leaf mold, around the base of plant to help block weed growth and retain moisture. Allow the foliage to die back in the fall at which time you can cut or break off the dead stems close to the base of the plant.

Photo courtesy of Qwertzy, Wikimedia Commons

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