Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana (also called Sicilian chamomile)
Mat-forming evergreen perennial with finely dissected silver-green foliage and daisy-like flowers from late spring to late summer. Drought tolerant so very useful for dry areas, and to hang over walls, where it will sprawl happily. Also good for border edges, gravel gardens, for ground cover and containers.
Attractive to insects.
Foliage all year round, white and yellow flowers from late spring to late summer.
Habit - forms sprawling mats. H: 50cm S: 1m.
Stems - foliage stems are pale brown and woody. Flower stems are soft, straight, smooth and grey-green.
Leaves - finely divided, soft and grey-green.
Flowers - daisy-like, white petals with yellow centres, up to 6cm across, held above the foliage on slender grey-green stems.
Moderately fertile, well-drained. Good for dry beds and drought gardens.
Frost hardy but may need protection in cold winters.
Cut back after flowering to encourage vigorous foliage.
May be attacked by slugs, snails and aphids. Powdery mildew may be a problem
Divide in spring or autumn every few years to keep the plant robust. Basal and stem cuttings can also be taken in spring and root up well if kept moist but well drained.
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