Chamomilla recutita, German Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, Camomile, Hungarian Chamomile, Pineapple Weed, Scented Mayweed, The Plant
Chamomile is a hardy annual with feathery leaves and small, white, daisy-like, sweet aromatic flowers. It is commonly known for its use as a herbal tea, said to reduce stress, soothe the stomach and aid sleep. Both the leaves and flowers are edible.
Average height: 100cm
Aspect: Sun and semi-shade
Soil type: Chamomile will grow in most soil types, particularly well-drained with plenty of organic matter
Sowing period: Indoors from March. Outdoors April to May. Alternatively sow in September or October
First signs of blossom: 6 to 8 weeks
Average flowering period: 2 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds
Chamomile is popular with bees and other pollinating insects, and is recommended for creating a cottage garden feel or a wild garden. It looks lovely within a tall flower border, but may need some support to show the flowers at their best. Grown in containers by the back door it can provide an easy to harvest source for a fresh cup of herbal tea.
The plants are hardy and not susceptible to many pests and diseases. Aphids and thrips can be a problem, and can be controlled in the vegetable garden using our Act Against Aphids flower meadow.
Flowers are harvested as soon as they are fully open