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Anthemis Tinctoria, also known as Golden Marguerite belongs to the genus Anthemis and to the Sunflower family.

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Anthemis tinctoria which is also known as Golden Marguerite, Marguerite Daisy, Dyer’s Chamomile, Ox-eye Chamomile, Boston Daisies, Paris Daisies and Yellow Chamomile belongs to the genus Anthemis and to the Sunflower family (Asteraceae). This plant is native to Europe. It is found in e Mediterranean and western Asia.

– It is a biennial that is short lived.
– The plant has bright green foliage that is aromatic and is feathery.
– The leaves are bipinnated and serrate and downy.
– The plant can grow up to a height of 60cm.
– The flowers are yellow in color and daisy like in appearance.
– The flowers are terminal on long angular stems.
– They bloom from May – September.
– The blooming is profuse in summer.
– The stems are tall to about 1m height and herbaceous.
– They are erect, multiple from base and produce stolons.
– If crushed, they are fragrant.
– The leaves are sessile and alternate.
– The divisions are toothed and upper leaves are shorter than the lower leaves.
– They have Single flower head terminating stem like inflorescence.
– It is used in excellent yellow, buff and golden-orange dyes, used in the past for fabrics.
– The plant has no use in culinary.

Growing Conditions for Anthemis tinctoria
– Sow the Anthemis seeds on the surface of the soil.
– The spacing between should be about 30-60 centimeters.
– The seeds should be sown either in early spring or early autumn.
– This plant needs full sunlight to partial shade to grow well.
– Sow the seeds indoors to start off.
– The soil should be well drained.
– The soil type should be lime.
– The germination of seeds takes about eight to fifteen days.
– Plant the seeds about eight to ten weeks before planting outdoors.
– Plant out in early spring with a light frost.

Caring Conditions for Anthemis Tinctoria
– These plants are susceptible to mildew and so avoid damp and air tight areas.
– Plant where air circulation is good enough.
– Do not over water the plant.
– Provide the plant with good amount of sunlight.
– It is better to sow the seeds indoors first and then move outdoors in spring or in autumn.
– The plant will need staking during heavy rainfall periods and time of high winds.
– It is best to divide the plants every three years.
– This is for avoiding deterioration of plants.

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