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Anacyclus pyrethrum - (L.)Link.

Common Name Mount Atlas Daisy, Chamomile Spanish, Pellitory
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range Mediterranean - Spain, Morocco and Algeria.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Anacyclus pyrethrum Mount Atlas Daisy, Chamomile Spanish, Pellitory

Anacyclus pyrethrum Mount Atlas Daisy, Chamomile Spanish, Pellitory


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Bloom Color: Red, White, Yellow Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Prostrate, Spreading or horizontal.

Physical Characteristics

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Anacyclus pyrethrum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Acrid  Antirheumatic  Epilepsy  Odontalgic

The root is a pungent acrid herb that stimulates the salivary glands and irritates the tissues, thereby increasing blood flow to the area[238]. It is used externally to treat toothache, facial neuralgia and chronic catarrh[238]. A gargle is used to soothe sore throats[254]. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[238]. In Ayurvedic medicine the root is considered to be tonic and is used in the treatment of paralysis and epilepsy[254]. The diluted essential oil in the root is used in mouthwashes and to treat toothaches[254]. This oil should not be used internally, except under professional supervision[254].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Alpine garden, Rock garden. Requires a well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Plants are intolerant of excessive wet, especially in the winter, and will do better if covered by a pane of glass in the winter[200]. This species is hardy to at least -5°c, probably more if the ground is very well-drained[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Extended bloom season in Zones 9A and above.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - requires about 3 weeks cold stratification. Germination is best at a temperature around 13 - 16°c[238]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer[200]. Cuttings of softwood in the spring[200, 238].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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