Chamomile, Saint John’s (Anthemis sancti-johannis), packet of 50 seeds, Organic
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Hardy to Zones 3 to 9
(Saint John’s Chamomile, Golden Marguerite, Orange Marguerite, Marguerite Daisy) Short-lived self-seeding evergreen perennial to 18 inches tall, native to the mountains of Bulgaria This pretty mounding plant with deeply cut, aromatic, fern-like leaves gives rise to multiple stalks crowned by the flattened, golden orange flowers. Grows excellently on the garden border or in containers. A fragrant cut flower, the petals are edible and may be used to garnish salads, and the dried flowers are good in pot-pourri. Sow seed in spring, in pots or directly in the garden. Press seed into soil surface and keep evenly moist, warm and in the light until germination, which occurs in 3 days to 3 weeks. Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart.
50 seeds/pkt. certified organically grown
Admin Richo Cech –
More information specific to this plant: I did a germ test where the seed was surface sown and pressed in (these are light dependent germinators) and kept moist at 68 degrees F with germ in 3 days. I planted a set of these along a path by the gate at my downtown garden, and they were pretty. Drought tolerant to a T, they spent the first year as cushy mounds and went up into golden flowers the spring of the second year. This would be a good subject for dryland gardening/landscaping, with just as much florific potential as your standard hybrid flowers that you can buy in a plastic 6-pak, and a lot more aroma, history, and longevity on the landscape. RAC
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Sarah Arndt –
What are the medicinal properties for this species of Chamomile?
Admin Richo Cech –
The petals are edible and used for garnish. Anything with this high of a flavonoid content will tend to be antiinflammatory. There is little info on medicinal uses in the literature.