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Yellow Chamomile

Anthemis tinctoria

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Treasureflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White African Daisy, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
90 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, wasteland.

Yellow, many petals
Yellow, daisy-like flowers, up to 4cm across. Insect pollinated.
The fruit are seed-like. The seeds ripen in August and September.
Bright green, feathery, pinnate leaves. Normally seen as a garden escape species. Evergreen, clump-forming perennial.
The foliage is aromatic.
Other Names:
Boston Daisy, Dyer's Chamomile, Golden Marguerite, Oxeye Chamomile, Paris Daisy.
Frequency (UK):

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Other Information


Anthemis tinctoria, also known as golden marguerite or dyers' chamomile, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to other parts of the world as a weed. The plant is known for its small, yellow flowers and finely divided leaves. It grows well in a variety of habitats, including fields, gardens, and waste areas. Anthemis tinctoria is a herbaceous plant that can grow up to 1 meter in height. It is commonly found in disturbed areas and is considered an invasive weed in some areas. The plant is used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments and is also used as a dye.


Chamomile is a well-known herb that has been used for its medicinal and therapeutic properties for centuries. Among the many species of chamomile, one of the most popular is Yellow Chamomile, also known as Anthemis tinctoria. In this article, we will explore the various aspects of Yellow Chamomile, including its history, uses, benefits, and how to use it.

History and Origins

Yellow Chamomile is native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. It has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times, with references to its use dating back to the Roman Empire. The plant was also popular among the Greeks, who used it as a remedy for various ailments. Over time, its use has spread to other parts of the world, and today, it is widely cultivated and used in many countries.

Uses and Benefits

Yellow Chamomile has a wide range of uses, both medicinal and cosmetic. Here are some of the most common benefits of this herb:

  • Antiseptic: Yellow Chamomile has antiseptic properties that make it useful in treating skin infections and wounds.

  • Anti-inflammatory: This herb is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce pain and swelling.

  • Relaxant: Yellow Chamomile is known to have a relaxing effect on the mind and body, making it useful in treating anxiety and stress-related conditions.

  • Digestive Aid: This herb can also help improve digestion and treat digestive disorders, such as indigestion, gas, and bloating.

  • Skin Care: Yellow Chamomile is often used in cosmetic products due to its skin-soothing and moisturizing properties.

How to Use Yellow Chamomile

Yellow Chamomile can be used in several ways, including:

  • Tea: The most common way to use Yellow Chamomile is in the form of tea. To make the tea, steep dried chamomile flowers in boiling water for 10-15 minutes and then strain.

  • Oil: Yellow Chamomile essential oil can be used for aromatherapy, massages, and as a skin moisturizer.
  • Capsules: Yellow Chamomile is also available in capsule form, which is convenient for those who do not enjoy the taste of tea.

​​​Precautions and Side Effects

While Yellow Chamomile is generally considered safe, there are some precautions to be aware of. Here are some of the most important considerations when using this herb:

  • Allergies: Some individuals may be allergic to chamomile, and symptoms can range from skin irritation to severe anaphylaxis. If you are prone to allergies, be sure to test a small amount of chamomile before using it more extensively.

  • Medications: Yellow Chamomile can interact with certain medications, such as blood-thinning drugs, sedatives, and anti-anxiety medications. If you are taking any medications, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider before using this herb.

  • Pregnancy and Nursing: Yellow Chamomile should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women, as its effects on fetal development and lactation are not well understood.

  • Dosage: As with any herb, it is important to follow recommended dosages. Overuse of Yellow Chamomile can lead to side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth.

Growing Yellow Chamomile

Yellow Chamomile is a hardy and easy-to-grow herb that can be cultivated in many regions. If you are interested in growing your own Yellow Chamomile, here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Soil: Yellow Chamomile prefers well-drained, loamy soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0.

  • Sunlight: This herb requires full sun to grow, so choose a spot in your garden that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.

  • Water: Yellow Chamomile is drought-tolerant, but it will grow better with consistent moisture. Water your plants deeply once a week, or more often in hot, dry weather.

  • Propagation: Yellow Chamomile can be propagated from seeds, which should be sown in the spring or fall. The seeds will germinate in 10-14 days.

  • Harvesting: Yellow Chamomile can be harvested throughout the growing season, with the best time being just before the plant blooms. Simply cut the stems of the plant and dry the flowers in a cool, dry place.

In conclusion, Yellow Chamomile is a versatile and highly beneficial herb that is easy to grow and use. Whether you are interested in using it for its medicinal benefits, or simply for its delightful scent and taste, this herb is a valuable addition to any herb garden.

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