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Golden Marguerite

Anthemis tinctoria

Golden marguerite, also known as golden chamomile, produces a cloud of yellow daisylike flowers that stand tall above feathery, ground-hugging foliage. A hard-working summer bloomer, the perennial blooms from June through August in most areas. Add it to the front of a perennial border or shrub border for weeks of color. 

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1 to 3 feet

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18-24 inches wide

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3-7

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Dry-Site Success

Golden marguerite is exceptionally drought tolerant and grows in poor soil. Both characteristics make it a great plant for areas inhospitable to lots of perennials: rock gardens; full-sun foundation borders; and hot, sandy planting sites. Other drought-tolerant plants for dry sites include blanket flower (Gaillardia), autumn sage (Salvia greggii), agastache, beardtongue (Penstemon), lavender, and some varieties of phlox. Plant these low-water plants together to create a patch that will attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

Create an entirely drought-tolerant garden using this plan!

Golden Marguerite Care Must-Knows

Plant it in full sun and well-drained soil. Avoid heavy clay soils and low areas that experience standing water, because good drainage is essential to this plant's success. If grown in soil that is rich or too fertilized, golden marguerite may get floppy and need to be staked. This perennial will not thrive in the hot, humid conditions of the Deep South.

Plant nursery-grown transplants in spring or early summer. Water plants well after planting, and then water every couple of weeks during the first growing season to promote a strong root system. Deadhead after flowering to encourage a second flush of blossoms in late summer or fall. Cut plants back to about 6 inches tall after they flower a second time to prevent golden marguerite from setting seed. Divide every couple of years.

Find more drought-tolerant perennials here.

More Varieties of Golden Marguerite

'Kelway's' golden marguerite

Anthemis x hybrida 'Kelwayi' grows to 3 feet tall, has finely divided foliage and bright yellow blooms. Zones 3-7

Plant Golden Marguerite With:

Daylily
Daylilies are so easy to grow you'll often find them growing in ditches and fields, escapees from gardens. And yet they look so delicate, producing glorious trumpet-shape blooms in myriad colors. In fact, there are some 50,000 named hybrid cultivars in a range of flower sizes (the minis are very popular), forms, and plant heights. Some are fragrant.The flowers are borne on leafless stems. Although each bloom lasts but a single day, superior cultivars carry numerous buds on each scape so bloom time is long, especially if you deadhead daily. The strappy foliage may be evergreen or deciduous.Shown above: 'Little Grapette' daylily
Fountaingrass
Like so many grasses, fountaingrass is spectacular when backlit by the rising or setting sun. Named for its especially graceful spray of foliage, fountaingrass also sends out beautiful, fuzzy flower plumes in late summer. The white, pink, or red plumes (depending on variety) continue into fall and bring a loose, informal look to plantings. This plant self-seeds freely, sometimes to the point of becoming invasive.
Bellflower
Romantic, usually bobbing, often blue bellflowers are classic cottage garden plants. Tall types look like something straight out of a fairy tale garden, while ground-hugging types are good in rock gardens, more formal gardens, and many other situations. Most are perennial, but a notable exception is Canterbury bells, a stately biennial (it takes two years to bloom). Flowers come in blue, purple, white, or pink. Shown above: Campanula carpatica
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