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Chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile

Roman Chamomile, Corn chamomile d, Scotch chamomile, Sweet chamomile, Wild chamomile, Dog's chamomile, Pellitory of Spain, St Anne's flower, German chamomile, Ground apple, Lawn chamomile, Corn chamomile, Common chamomile

Roman Chamomile is a perennial herb with feathery leaves, and large, white, daisy-like flowers, often with double flower heads. It is classically grown as a fragrant lawn or seat in herb gardens, as it is strongly aromatic. The flower heads are harvested and dried, or used as a raw material for the extraction of the essential oil. Uses: Ground Cover. Beverage. Medicinal. Culinary. Cosmetic

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Pick the flowers when in full bloom: pick on a dry day, early in the morning. Dry in an area where the light is excluded and the temperature is even. Turn and shake regularly. Chamomile should be dry in about 4 days – It will feel crisp and resilient.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in Spring; Germination time 1-3 weeks.
Division
Divide thick growing patches and cut off leaves with roots to replant.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Watch out for bees!
Repels harmful insects
The whole plant is insect repellent both when growing and when dried.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Chamomile tea soothes, calm and relax. The flowers contain aromatic oils with powerful anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Edible
The fresh or dried flowers are used to make herb tea. Stems and leaves can also be added to flowers to make the tea. Pick fresh flowers and add to olive oil for aromatic chamomile infused oil.
Notes
Ground Cover. Beverage. Medicinal. Culinary. Cosmetic

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
White with bright yellow centers, White, Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

Companion plants

Cabbages, Cucumbers, Onions, Wheat

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