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Alpine RockeryHerbaceous PerennialSynonym

Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana
  • RHS AGM

Sicilian chamomile

A woody-based, evergreen perennial forming a loose mat to 30cm in height, with finely dissected silvery foliage and yellow-centred white daisies 6cm in width

Synonyms
Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana
Anthemis cretica subsp. cupaniana
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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver
Summer White Yellow Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Anthemis can be perennials or annuals, with finely divided, aromatic leaves and showy white or yellow daisies

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Sicily

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun; useful where a drought-tolerant plant is required

Propagation

Propagate by seed, division or basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Cut back hard after flowering to encourage basal growth that will overwinter

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs, snails and aphids

Diseases

May be infected by to powdery mildews

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