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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Matricaria recutita

scented mayweed

  • Other common names scented mayweed
    German chamomile

    horse gowan
    sweet false chamomile
    wild chamomile

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  • Synonyms Chamomilla recutita
    Matricaria chamomilla

  • Family Asteraceae

  • Genus Matricaria are a genus of hardy annuals with a pleasant aroma, often found in rock and herb gardens. They have erect stems with many branches and plentiful bipinnate leaves. Flowers are daisy-like and symmetrical and mainly white with yellow capitula.

  • Details An annual with much divided, aromatic foliage, scented mayweedhas daisy-like flowers- white rays withyellow disc florets-which are borne singly on stemsfrom June to August


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Foliage

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Shade

  • Aspect East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 1 year

How to grow

Cultivation Prefers light soil and as a cornfield weed, disturbed ground to germinate

Propagation Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning None required

Pests Trouble-free

Diseases Trouble-free

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