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Anthemis tinctoria - L.                
                 
Common Name Yellow Camomile, Golden chamomile, Dyers' Chamomile, Golden Marguerite
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-6
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sunny slopes, rocks, railway tracks and walls, usually on limestone[89].
Range Europe - Mediterranean. A casual in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       
Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling, Upright or erect.

Physical Characteristics       
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Anthemis tinctoria is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Jul to August, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, lepidoptera, flies, beetles, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms
Anthemis tinctoria Yellow Camomile, Golden chamomile,  Dyers


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Anthemis tinctoria Yellow Camomile, Golden chamomile,  Dyers
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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.
Edible Uses                                         
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Antispasmodic;  Emmenagogue;  Vesicant.

The whole plant is antispasmodic, diaphoretic, emetic, emmenagogue and vesicant[4]. It is used internally as a tea, which can be made either from the flowers or the whole plant[4]. Applied externally, it is used as a poultice on piles and can also be applied to the bath water[4].The leaves are rubbed onto insect stings[222].
Other Uses
Dye.

A distinctive yellow dye is obtained from the flowers[14, 17, 46, 61, 89, 169, 244].
Cultivation details                                         
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Massing, Seashore. Prefers a well-drained sweet soil and a sunny position[1]. Grows well on chalk[187]. Plants succeed in maritime gardens[233]. Hardy to about -15°c[200]. Another report says that it is hardy to about -25°c[187]. This species has formerly been cultivated as a dye plant[61], the var. 'Kelawayi' is said to be the best form[169]. Plants are apt to over-flower and exhaust themselves. It is best to remove the flowering stems as soon as they stop flowering in order to stimulate the production of basal shoots for the following year[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Fragrant foliage, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, Extended bloom season in Zones 9A and above, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - surface sow March/April in a greenhouse[134]. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Light aids germination. The seed usually germinates in 2 weeks at 20°c[134]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Cuttings of soft wood early summer in a frame. Very easy[K]. Division in spring or autumn[200].
Related Plants                                         
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Anthemis arvensisCorn Chamomile02
Anthemis cotulaMayweed, Stinking chamomile12
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Elizabeth H.
Lawler Barnes Sun May 31 2009

Nature Abhors a Garden Nature abhors a Garden for 2/22/09 discusses the history of Anthemis tinctoria as a dye plant.

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