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Sicilian Chamomile

Anthemis punctata cupaniana

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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, 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, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Cliffs, gardens, lawns, roadsides, wasteland.

White, many petals
Large, white, daisy-like, long lasting flowers, each measuring up to 6cm across. Yellow centred.
A strongly ribbed achene (type of dry, one-seeded fruit).
A mat-forming, bushy perennial evergreen plant with silvery green foliage. The leaves are finely divided. Usually occurs on calcareous soils.
The foliage is aromatic.
Other Names:
Dotted Chamomile, Marguerite.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Anthemis punctata is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family that is known as Sicilian chamomile or dotted chamomile. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. The plant is known for its small, white flowers and finely divided leaves. It grows well in a variety of habitats, including gardens, lawns, and along roadsides. Anthemis punctata is a herbaceous plant that can grow up to 30 cm in height. It is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant and is valued for its attractive flowers and fragrant, apple-scented leaves. The plant is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments and is used in the production of essential oils.


Sicilian Chamomile, also known as Anthemis punctata cupaniana, is a beautiful and fragrant plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is a species of chamomile, a genus of plants that are known for their delicate flowers and calming properties.

One of the key features of Sicilian Chamomile is its striking, yellow-centered flowers that have white petals. The plant typically blooms in the summer and fall, making it a popular addition to gardens and flower beds. Its attractive appearance, combined with its sweet scent, has made it a popular choice for use in floral arrangements and perfumes.

In addition to its beauty, Sicilian Chamomile has a long history of use for its medicinal properties. The plant contains compounds that are believed to have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and sedative effects. It is commonly used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, insomnia, and digestive problems.

Sicilian Chamomile is also a popular ingredient in skincare products due to its soothing and moisturizing properties. The plant is believed to help calm irritated skin and reduce redness and inflammation. It is often used in creams, lotions, and other topical products that are designed to provide relief for dry, sensitive, or irritated skin.

To grow Sicilian Chamomile, it is best to plant it in well-drained soil in a sunny location. The plant is relatively low-maintenance and does not require a lot of care, making it a great choice for beginner gardeners. It can be propagated by seed or by dividing existing plants.

Sicilian Chamomile is a versatile and attractive plant that has a lot to offer in terms of both beauty and wellness. Whether you're looking to add a pop of color to your garden, or you're interested in using its natural properties to soothe and calm, this lovely plant is definitely worth considering.

Sicilian Chamomile is also commonly used in aromatherapy due to its relaxing and calming scent. When burned or used in a diffuser, the scent of the plant can help to reduce stress and anxiety and promote feelings of calm and relaxation. The essential oil of the plant is also used in massage oils and bath products for a similar effect.

The plant has also been traditionally used for digestive issues, such as indigestion, gas, and bloating. Chamomile tea, made from the dried flowers of the plant, is commonly consumed for its digestive benefits. The tea is also used to soothe upset stomachs and calm the digestive system.

In addition to its medicinal properties, Sicilian Chamomile is also used in cooking and food preparation. The flowers of the plant are edible and are often used as a garnish for salads, soups, and other dishes. The flowers can also be candied and used as a sweet, decorative topping for desserts and baked goods.

When using Sicilian Chamomile for medicinal purposes, it is important to note that the plant is generally considered safe for most people. However, as with any natural remedy, it is important to talk to your doctor before using it, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or are taking any medications.

Sicilian Chamomile is a versatile and highly valued plant that has been used for centuries for its beauty, fragrance, and medicinal properties. Whether you're looking to incorporate it into your garden, your aromatherapy routine, or your kitchen, this plant is sure to bring joy and wellness into your life.

Another notable benefit of Sicilian Chamomile is its impact on sleep. The plant's natural sedative properties make it a popular remedy for insomnia and other sleep-related issues. Drinking chamomile tea before bed can help to calm the mind and promote feelings of relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

The plant is also known for its antimicrobial properties, making it a popular choice for use in natural cleaning products and household cleaners. The essential oil of the plant has been shown to effectively combat harmful bacteria and fungi, making it a great choice for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

In skincare, the plant is commonly used in products designed for sensitive or inflamed skin. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties of Sicilian Chamomile make it an ideal ingredient for use in products designed to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. The plant is also commonly used in baby products due to its gentle and non-irritating nature.

In addition to its various uses, Sicilian Chamomile is also an easy plant to grow and maintain. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun, but is otherwise low-maintenance and can grow in a variety of conditions. The plant is also resistant to many common pests and diseases, making it a great choice for gardeners who want to enjoy its beauty without having to worry about maintenance.

In conclusion, Sicilian Chamomile is a versatile and highly valued plant that has a lot to offer in terms of beauty, fragrance, and wellness. Whether you're looking to use it in your garden, your home, or in your personal care routine, this lovely plant is sure to bring joy and peace into your life.

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