How to Grow Anthemis

Anthemis punctata

Anthemis bears cheerful daisy-like flowers commonly called golden marguerites. Flowers appear above feathery foliage on mat or mounding plants. Flowers appear over an extended time from spring into summer.

Anthemis grows 2 to 3 feet high and wide. The foliage is finely cut light green on the surface and felted gray underneath. The foliage is pleasantly aromatic. Anthemis is virtually trouble-free; all it needs is a sunny location, well-drained soil, and moderate water.

Anthemis is a genus of about 100 species; most are perennials or subshrubs well-suited for hot climates. Established plants can survive drought and can grow in average sandy or gravelly soil.

Anthemis tinctoria also called the golden marguerite
Anthemis tinctoria also called the golden marguerite

Get to know Anthemis

  • Plant type: Perennials are sometimes grown as annuals
  • Growing zones and range: Zones 3 to 9 depending on the variety.
  • Hardiness: Perennials will die back after frost
  • Height and width: 12 to 36 inches (30-91cm) tall and wide depending on the variety.
  • Foliage: Aromatic foliage and stems; finely divided, fernlike foliage; leaves are felted gray on the underside.
  • Flowers: Daisy-like disk florets; some flowers are buttonlike
  • Flower colors: Yellow or white flowers
  • Bloom time: Spring and summer
  • Uses: Beds and borders, rock gardens
  • Common name: Golden marguerite, dog fennel
  • Botanical name: Anthemis
  • Family name: Asteraceae
  • Origin: Mediterranean region

Where to plant Anthemis

  • Plant Anthemis in full sun.
  • Grow Anthemis in average, well-drained soil. Plants tolerate dry soil.
  • Grow Anthemis in neutral to slightly alkaline soil.

Anthemis uses and companions

  • Plant Anthemis in a border or rock garden.
  • Good companions include Catananche caerulea, Heliopsis helianthoides, and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.
Anthemis tinctoria 'Alba'
Anthemis tinctoria ‘Alba’

When to plant Anthemis

  • Start seed indoors 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost in spring.
  • Set plants in the garden after the last frost in spring.

Planting and spacing Anthemis

  • Sow seed 1/8 inch deep in seed starting mix or light potting soil indoors; sow seed outdoors in evenly prepared soil.
  • Space Anthemis 24 inches (60cm) apart.

How to water and feed Anthemis

  • Keep the soil evenly moist for best growth; do not overwater.
  • Fertilize Anthemis in spring with an all-purpose organic fertilizer.

Anthemis care

  • Cut plants back after first blooms to encourage additional blooms.
  • Tall plants may need staking.

Anthemis pests and diseases

  • Anthemis is usually trouble free.
  • Slugs and snails may attack where the soil stays moist.
Golden marguerite, Anthemis tinctoria
Golden marguerite, Anthemis tinctoria

Anthemis propagation

  • Propagate Anthemis by dividing clumps in spring.
  • Take cuttings from the shoots at the base of plants in spring or late summer.
  • Start seed in spring. Named cultivars do not grow true.
  • Divide plants in autumn or spring every two or three years.

Anthemis varieties to grow

  • Anthemis carpatica: green to gray-green mounds; 1.5 inches white, yellow-centered daisies on 6-inch (15cm) stems in spring and summer.
  • A. marschalliana: Grows to 12 inches (30cm) tall and wide; finely cut fernlike, silvery leaves; 1-inch-wide brilliant yellow daisy-like flower in summer.
  • A. nobilis, chamomile: Spreading 3- to 12-inch (30cm) bright green aromatic leaves; small yellow flower buttons.
  • A. punctata cupaniana: Mounded plant to 12 inches tall; silvery foliage topped by white daisiea.
  • A. sancti-johnnia, golden marguerite: Grows to 36 inches tall; bears finely cut fernlike leaves; 2-inch-wide orange daisies with rounded centers.
  • A. tinctoria, golden marguerite: Shrubby growth to 36 inches (91cm) tall; light green divided leaves; golden yellow daisy-like flowers to 2 inches across; blooms in summer; several named cultivars.

Anthemis tinctoria – Golden marguerite

Anthemis tinctoria bears yellow-petaled, yellow-centered daises on long stems throughout the summer. The bushy plants have lacy green leaves with woolly white undersides and a chrysanthemum like scent.

  • Size: 2 to 3 feet tall; 2 feet wide.
  • Light: Full sun.
  • Soil and moisture: Average to poor soil; drought tolerant.
  • Planting and propagation: Plant bare-root or container-grown plants in spring, spacing 1 ½ feet apart. Divide every two years in spring to keep clumps from dying in the centers. Take stem cuttings in summer.
  • Special care: Needs staking if grown in rich soil. Cut stems after flowers fade to promote continual bloom; cut down after flowering ceases to promote dense branching. Short-lived in heavy soil.
  • Pests and diseases: Usually trouble free.
  • Climate: Zones 3-7; tolerates hot, dry conditions but performs poorly in heat and humidity of the South.
  • Cultivars: ‘Beauty of Grallagh,’ larger, deeper colored flowers; ‘E. C. Buxton,’ white flowers with yellow centers; ‘Moonlight,’ large, soft yellow flowers; ‘Pale Moon,’ large, pale yellow flowers; ‘Wargrave,’ creamy white flowers with yellow centers; ‘Perry’s Variety,’ golden orange flowers.
  • Garden use: Excellent for borders and informal gardens with poor soil. Use in cut-flower garden.

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