Botanical Name: Matricaria recutita
Native: Africa and Europe
Hardiness: Annual; reseeds
Plant Dimensions: 18″–30″ tall, 12″–18″ wide
Variety Information: Fern-like foliage on thin, light green stems, ¾” apple-scented, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. Blooms from late spring to summer.
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date or as soon as soil can be worked.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temperature is 65°–85°F.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A pinch of seeds every 8″
Row Spacing: 18″
Thinning: When ½” tall, thin to 1 every 8″
Harvesting: Pick flowers in the morning, just before fully opened, and dry on a screen covered with cheesecloth in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area. Plants may also be hung upside down to dry.