Dyers Chamomile

Attractive flowers at the herb garden in Dunedin Botanic Garden. I think they’re Dyer’s Chamomile in yellow, lemon and white-petalled forms. 15 January. Anthemis tinctoria. New Zealand.

Three clumps of bright daisy flowers, planted adjacent to one another. All the flowers have yellow centres. The foremost are very bright yellow flowers, the middle clump has lemon petals, the last clump has white petals. Around them is stone crazy-paving.

Text and photo by Liz; Exploring Colour (2023)

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    1. ‘tea’ chamomile is a different genus.

      Info I’ve copied from the Herb Federation of NZ:

      “There are a number of different Chamomiles, here, we are focusing on the ‘most used medicinally’, German Chamomile. It grows as an annual, not to be confused with Roman Chamomile (Anthemis noblis) which is a perennial and not used much medicinally. They are both members of the Daisy or Asteraceae family.”

      Link for NZ Herb Federation page

      Note: Matricaria chamomilla is the botanic name for German chamomile


        1. I’ve just retrieved an empty tea tin from my cupboard, a pretty bronze-coloured tin. Nigel had a fantastic tea at a cafe in Roxburgh and we ended up bringing a tin of the tea bags home. “Hot Cinnamon Sunset” – black tea with warming spices. It was an orange-coloured tea and smelled divine! Tasted wonderful 🙂

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  1. I think you’re right, Liz. I have Anthemis tinctoria ‘E. C. Buxton’ in the garden and it looks just like the middle (lemon) plant. I have a friend who has used many plants to make dye for woollen yarn, but I don’t know if she has used this one.

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