Cota tinctoria (Golden Marguerite) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: Start the seeds indoors in late winter to mid spring, or outdoors in late spring to early summer. Surface-sow them (gently pressed into the surface of the growing medium). I have read that they may take 2 to 4 weeks to sprout, but when I started mine, I sowed under lights on March 6 and they started sprouting on March 9. Your experience may vary.

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When a plant goes by many different names, you know it’s been around a while. This one is currently listed as Cota tinctoria, but you may be more familiar with its previous name: Anthemis tinctoria. As far as the common names go, golden Marguerite seems to be most popular among folks who grow this perennial as an ornamental, while those who value it as a dye plant often call it dyer’s chamomile. Whatever you call it, it’s easy and colorful, flowering the first year from seed (from an early indoor sowing) and producing bushy, 2- to 3-foot mounds of deeply cut, aromatic foliage accented with an abundance of daisy-form flowers through much of the summer. Clipping off the spent blooms can help to extend the flowering period and prevent self-sowing. (You may want to leave a few to drop seed, as the clumps may last only a couple of years and it’s handy to have replacement seedlings available.)  Or, shear the plants back by around half their height in mid- to late summer to tidy the plants and get fresh foliage as well as some rebloom. The flowers are usually yellow, by the way, but the original seeds I acquired produced some plants with white ray flowers (petals) as well, so you may get both colors from these seeds. Full sun; average to dry soil. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.

Collected in early to mid August 2023. At least 15 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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