Thursday, June 15, 2006

Yellow Chamomile

Anthemis tinctoria, or Yellow Chamomile, is a species in the genus Anthemis of the Sunflower family (Asteraceae).
This popular flower has several common names : Golden Marguerite, Marguerite Daisy, Dyer's Chamomile, Ox-eye Chamomile, Boston Daisies, Paris Daisies.
It is a short-lived biennal, occurring in the Mediterranean and western Asia. It has aromatic, bright green, feathery foliage. The serrate leaves are bi-pinnatifid ( finely divided) and downy beneath. It grows to a height of 60 cm.
It has yellow daisy-like terminal flowers on long thin angular stems, blooming in profusion during the summer.
It has no culinary or commercial uses and only limited medicinal uses. However, it produces an excellent yellow, buff and golden-orange dye, used in the past for fabrics


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