Growing Dyer’s Chamomile

A beautiful garden plant with bright yellow, fragrant, pollinator attracting flowers. Read on for some growing tips!

Dyer’s Chamomile (Cota tinctoria) – Click for seeds!


Dyer’s Chamomile, also known as Golden Marguerite (officially Cota tinctoria or Anthemis tinctoria) is a bushy daisy-like plant with feathery leaves growing 1 to 2 feet high and developing large numbers of fragrant, yellow, long-lasting flowers. Blossoms are used to create a bright, light-fast yellow dye.

How to grow:

Site Selection: Weak perennial, will grow is dry conditions but flowers more when well watered. Plant in well drained soil. Full sun is preferred.

Start seeds: Start indoors about 4 weeks before last frost. Plant outside about 6” to 8” apart.

Harvest: Anytime after flowers open. Picking more flowers will lead to more blossoms! Second year of growth has an extended flowering period.

Processing: Gently simmer blossoms or plant tops for a bright yellow color.

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