MATRICARIA

Feverfew may be listed as Matricaria eximia or Chrysan-themum parthenium in the seed catalogues. The compact plant, barely 1 ft high, with its mass of small, cushion-like flowers looks like a miniature Chrysanthemum. The foliage is pungent and the % in. flowers are intensely double. They may be ball-like or there may be an outer ring of short petals. Try it as an unusual summer bedding plant..

VARIETIES: The colour range of Matricaria is distinctly limited – there is just yellow and white. For button-like flowers without an outer ring of guard petals, choose ‘Golden Ball’ (yellow) or ‘Ball’s Double White’ (white). A variation is a cushion-like flower with a frill of short, broad petals-look for ‘Snow Puffs’, ‘White Stars’ and ‘Snow Ball’.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil will do – thrives best in full sun.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 8 in.-1 ft.

Spacing: 1 ft.

Flowering period: June-August.

PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique .

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