Cladanthus Plant Growing & Care Guide for Gardeners

In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Cladanthus plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.

Golden Crown, Palm Springs Daisy, Moroccan Chamomile, and Criss-cross: Cultivation & Garden Use

Cladanthus is a half hardy or hardy annual that usually blooms from summer until the first frost at the end of autumn.

It has feathery leaves and a daisy-like flower of gold.


It grows to a height of about 60 cm (2 feet).

Cladanthus make ideal plants for growing in garden borders.

Cladanthus Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Golden Crown. Palm Springs Daisy. Criss-cross, Moroccan chamomile.
Family: Asteraceae.
Life Cycle: Hardy or half hardy annual.
Height: 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm).
Native: Mediterranean.
Growing Region: Zones 1 to 8.
Flowers: Summer and autumn.
Flower Details: Orange, lemon. Daisy-like rays and discs.
Foliage: Green or grey. Feathery,
Sow Outdoors: Cover seeds. First two months of spring. Spacing 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm).
Sow Indoors: Germination time: one month. Temperature 70 to 75°F (21 to 24°C). Eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight or light shade. Good drainage. Regular light watering. Drought tolerant. Apply a spring feed. Deadhead.

How to Grow Palm Spring Daisy and other Cladanthus

If planning to grow Cladanthus outdoors from seed then it should be sown in the first half of spring; it is best to lightly cover the seed with topsoil.

They should be planted into a sunny part of the garden; the soil type is unimportant.

When growing seedlings indoors they should be prepared about two months before they are due to be put out.

They take about a month to germinate at 21 to 25 degrees Celsius.

The seedlings of Cladanthus should be planted out in the middle of spring at about 30 cm apart.

Caring for Cladanthus in the garden

The Cladanthus plant should be fertilised in spring and watered during prolonged dry spells.

Dead heading of flowers will lead to a longer flowering season.

Common Questions

How many members does the Cladanthus genus have?

The Cladanthus genus has about 10 species.

Do members of Cladanthus make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Cladanthus plants do well in landscapes due to their attractive foliage and daisy-like flowers, making them a good choice for borders and rock gardens.

Which Cladanthus species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

The Cladanthus mixtus species, commonly known as Moroccan chamomile, is often grown by gardeners due to its striking golden flowers.

Are members of the Cladanthus plant genus fragrant?

Yes, many Cladanthus species have a pleasant, chamomile-like fragrance.

What is the perfect location to grow Cladanthus?

Cladanthus plants prefer sunny, well-drained locations.

Is Cladanthus invasive in the USA?

Currently, Cladanthus is not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Cladanthus plants from my garden?

Simply pull up Cladanthus plants by the roots or use a garden hoe to remove them.


The Cladanthus genus, part of the Asteraceae family, is native to the Mediterranean region. Also known as Moroccan chamomile, these annual plants are known for their fine, fern-like foliage and daisy-like, aromatic golden flowers that bloom from summer to autumn.

To grow Cladanthus, plant them in a sunny location with well-drained soil. They can be grown from seeds sown in spring. Regular watering is necessary, but they are relatively drought-tolerant once established. They are often used in borders, rock gardens, or as cut flowers for their attractive, fragrant blooms.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Cladanthus plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ Asteraceae growing guides: How to grow Edelweiss and Ageratum plants.