Golden Marguerite, Ox-eye Chamomile, Dyer's Chamomile

Anthemis tinctoria

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anthemis (AN-them-is) (Info)
Species: tinctoria (tink-TOR-ee-uh) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer




This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bennett, Colorado

Golden, Colorado

Stamford, Connecticut

Keystone Heights, Florida

Belleville, Illinois

Burlington, Massachusetts

Gaylord, Michigan

Grand Haven, Michigan

Owosso, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Walnut Grove, Missouri

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Schenectady, New York

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Crossville, Tennessee

Thompsons Station, Tennessee

Chesapeake, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 13, 2015, lzyjo from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is so adorable with its deeply serrated leaves and profusion of golden button-sized flowers. Great for attracting bees and beneficial insects. Germinated in fall, overwintered well and was blooming in mid to late May. Plants are prone to splaying outward, which can add to their width unnecessarily and block out smaller neighboring plants.

It's a good idea to trim or pinch early to promote stability and develop a stronger, neater form. I wish I had read that earlier, but I will try it now! There are also several domesticated cultivars with varying sizes and colors that you may prefer. Kelwayi might be the most popular. So cheerful and carefree!

This plant thrived in the worst soil. It looked especially lovely with my magenta bachelor's buttons.


On Nov 11, 2006, PrairieMoon2 from Burlington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought an Anthemis Susannah Mitchell, last year. I love the cute button like daisy flowers. On the positive side, they grew in an area with no morning sun and only 3 hours of sun in the afternoon. They bloomed well, although I am sure they would have bloomed their heads off in more sun. I am wondering though if they are going to be a problem. I bought one small pot and from that, the plant has spread out in every direction and now covers about a 3ft x 3ft area in one season. I am keeping my eye on it and next year will see how it does. Luckily I put it somewhere that butts against the foundation of the house and the bulkhead on two sides, so it can't go too far. I imagine it is easy to remove.


On Apr 26, 2003, MichelleP from Golden, CO wrote:

Golden Marguerites are a mainstay in my high-altitude garden (7600 feet) here in the Colorado foothills. They're dependable, reliable, self-seeding, colorful (especially if I remember to shear them after the first bloom so I can enjoy the re-bloom later in the season), drought-tolerant (especially important to an area that gets on average 18 inches of rain per year), look spectacular when trained into drifts in the naturalized garden, and the deer and elk don't like them!


On Sep 2, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

HP tinctoria = used in dying
2-3' tall x 2' wide
A hardy, easily grown perennial that is covered in late spring and summer with a dazzling display of 2" daisy flowers above fern-like crinkled green foliage. It tolerates hot, dry areas. It is short-lived in heavy clay soil.
Plants may require staking where heavy rain and wind are frequent.
Cut back heavily after flowering to promote basal branches.
Divide every 3-4 years.
It reseeds profusely and can become invasive.

Native to eastern Europe.