Anthemis, a fabulous perennial with daisy-like flowers, blooms from spring to fall and is simply beautiful.
A List of Anthemis facts
Name – Anthemis
Family – Asteraceae
Type – perennial
Height – 40 inches (1 m)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – May to October
Take delight in these little flowers that adapt to our climates so well.
In spring in a sheltered spot and in full sun. Anthemis requires rich and well drained soil because it loathes having its roots dwell in water.
Since anthemis fears winter frost spells, it will have to be planted in a pot if the temperature lastingly drops below 40°F (5°C).
If that’s the case, bring the pots inside in November in a cool dry room, and leave them there until spring.
- Propagation through cuttings is very easy for this perennial. Perform in spring or at the end of summer.
Pruning and caring for anthemis
Remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading) in order to boost flower-bearing.
Give it a round shape at the beginning of spring, pruning the plant back lightly (about ⅓ the height of the stems).
Keeping anthemis in winter
This plant is vulnerable to freezing and won’t survive extended cold spells.
If you’ve kept them in pots, simply bring them indoors in a room that doesn’t experience freezing and keep watering them small amounts 1 or 2 times a month.
Anthemis in the ground
In the ground, it will survive from one year to the next if doesn’t freeze in your area.
If it freezes in your area, cut all the stems back short enough and spread thick mulch (an inch or two, several centimeters) on the bunch.
All there is to know about the anthemis
Sometimes mistakenly thought to be a daisy, anthemis will give you a very beautiful bunch of flowers from spring to fall. This plant is part of same family as the aster.
Its vulnerability to the cold is perhaps the only drawback one can pin on this otherwise appealing plant.
If you expect cold in the next few weeks and that your plant is rooted directly in the ground, surround it with mulch for the winter and even cover it with horticultural fleece.
If you have the option to bring your plant in to a cool lit place where it never freezes, do so.
Smart tip about anthemis
Anthemis is very much at ease in pots, and the result is often a great success.
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