Plant Profile: Sicilian Camomile (Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana)

Also called dog fennel, this mat forming, evergreen perennial is a member of the aster family, Asteraceae. The anthemis-punctata-ssp-cupaniana-flbrown woody stems carry finely divided, soft textured foliage that is silver most of the growing season but turns gray-green in winter. Two inch white daisy-like flowers with yellow centers are produced in early summer on slender stems above the foliage. The bloom time can be extended by deadheading. The plants are very vigorous and spread quickly making it a good choice for a ground cover and are also a good pick for rock gardens, alpine gardens and spilling over walls. In addition Sicilian camomile is excellent cut flower. Unfortunately, it is short-lived but can be easily propagated by taking cuttings in spring where the stems form roots into the soil.

anthemis_puntata-lvType: Evergreen perennial

Bloom: White daisy-like flowers with yellow centers in early spring

Size: 12” H x 36” W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Lean to moderately fertile, average moisture, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 6-9

Care: Deadhead to prolong bloom; cut back straggly foliage as needed to keep neat.

Pests and Diseases: Aphids, slugs, snails, powdery mildew

Propagation: Basal cuttings in spring; division

Companion Plants: Basket of gold (Aurinia saxatili), Caroathian harebell (Campanula carpatica), creeping speedwell (Veronica prostrata), dwarf baby’s breath (Gypsophila muralis), dwarf yarrow (Achillea kellereri)