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Posted by BOBKAT 7 Jul 2010 - 12:16:00 PM

I'm interested to see Chamomile Sunray is native to the Sydney region as, apart from vegetables & herbs, we are planting a new garden in natives and locals to our area. We are planning a raised bed for herbs with a light traffic area in front of it. Would this native Chamomile hare some of the attributes of other chamomiles and withstand planting as a lawn, coping with light traffic?

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Re: EDITOR 8 Jul 2010 - 7:56:00 AM

I'm afraid not. I know non-horticulturalists prefer common names but this is yet another example where they are completely unhelpful and misleading. They're both white daisies but that's about the end of the similarities.

Re: LESLEY1L 13 Jul 2010 - 8:32:00 AM

Hi, the plant you are referring to is Rhodanthe anthemoides. It may look similar to a Chamomile, but its growing requirements are very different.
It is hardy and grows best in full sun with a sandy free draining soil. It requires little water and it self seeds quite readily. It's not suitable for a lawn planting, but it can make a lovely annual feature bed or addition to a rockery.
Perhaps you could try Kennedia rubicunda or Kennedia prostrata. Maybe Viola hederacea ssp hederacea. Good luck.

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