AMREMIS – camomile

Carpeting and clump-forming hardy: annuals, biennials and perennials: grown for their daisy-like flowers: and delicate, ferny foliage. Quick: to spread, use to cover a bank or: to fill gaps between paving.

Suitable site and soil. Select a sunny location. Soil should be well drained and not too fertile or plants may become straggly. Site low-growing varieties in a rock garden or in the crevices of an old stone wall or between paving.

Cultivation and care. Plant out in spring, spacing 30-45cm – 12-18in apart. Water sparingly and do not fertilize. Remove faded blooms to prolong flowering and reduce self-seeding.

Some varieties need to be divided every other year to prevent dead spots forming in the crown. In less sheltered areas, tall plants may need to be staked. Cut to ground level after flowering to produce profuse leaf rosettes during winter.

Propagation. Divide clump-forming perennials in spring. Some species can be propagated by basal cuttings in late summer, autumn or spring.

Recommended varieties. A. tinctoria is an evergreen, clump forming variety, with masses of yellow flowers in midsummer, and crinkled leaves. ‘E.C. Buxton’ has lemon-yellow flowers. A. cupaniana has dense, silvery foliage and makes an excellent cut flower; cut back after flowering. A. nobilis (common camomile) is mat-forming and has daisy-like flowers.

Pests and diseases. Generally trouble-free.

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