Anthemis

Height: 10-75cm (4-30in)

Planting distance: 30-45cm (1-17ft)

Features: flowers summer

Soil: ordinary, well-drained

Site: sun

Type: herbaceous

The fern-like leaves of anthemis provide an aromatic setting for its white, yellow or orange, daisy-like flowers, which appear from early to late summer. Non-flowering varieties developed from Antbeniis nobilis may be used for small lawns, making them fragrant, although they won’t stand up to heavy wear.

Popular species and varieties:

Anthemis nobilis (syn. Chainaenielinn nobile) (common chamomile) forms a mat of mid-green, mossy, aromatic foliage, 23cm (9in) high and 38cm ((5in) wide, with small, white, daisy-like flowers. The non-flowering, compact variety ‘Treneague’, 10cm (4in) high, is good for small lawns.

Antbeniis punctata subsp. Enpaniana (syn. A. cttpaniana) has white, yellow-centred flowers and finely dissected, grey leaves. It forms a spreading cushion up to 30cm (1 ft) high and 38cm (I 8 in) across. Antbeniis sancti-jobannis has a profusion of orange, daisy-like flowers and lobed, grey-green leaves. It grows up to 45cm (1 1/2ft) high and 38cm (15in) wide. Antbeniis tinctoria (ox-eye chamomile) has golden yellow, daisy-like flowers and deep green, toothed

Anthemis tinctoria leaves. It grows up to 75cm (2/»ft) high and 45cm 1.5ft) across.

Cultivation

Plant decorative species between early autumn and early spring in a sunny position in ordinary, well-drained soil. Cut down old flower stems in early autumn.

To grow A. nobilis as a lawn, set young plants in well-drained soil in an open position, 15cm (6in) apart, in early to mid spring.

Propagation: Increase A. nobilis from 7.5cm (3in) long cuttings of lateral shoots between late spring and late summer, and root them in a cold frame. Plant out in early autumn or early spring.

For the other species, used in borders, take 5-7.5cm (2-3in) long cuttings of basal shoots in early to mid spring. Root in a cold frame and plant out in early to mid autumn. Alternatively, divide and replant.

Pests and diseases: Trouble free.

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