German chamomile is a member of the Matricaria family. Its botanical name is Matricaria recutita.
“Aromatic, small, white daisy-like flowers are used for brewing tea, making perfumes or hair rinses” – Burpee
Because this plant is a prolific self-seeder, it might become invasive. To prevent against this, deadhead all flowers that are spent before they produce seed.
It is a herb / flower that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Normally growing to a mature height of 61.0 cm (1.98 feet), German chamomile grows with a forb-like habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer. Some varieties of German chamomile you may like to consider growing are: German and Bodegold.
You may use room-temperature chamomile tea as a preventative to damping off.
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This plant needs well-drained soil and regular watering, though take care not to over-water.Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun. German chamomile needs a potting mix soil with a ph of 5.6 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil). German chamomile is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.
Can be sown in fall before last frost, sown indoors before first frost, or sown outdoors before last frost.
Readily reseeds itself.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing German chamomile about 0 days after your last frost date .
Best to thin out after to a distance of about 20cm between plants.
Pick flowers before midday to avoid sun-induced loss of valuable voltile essence 1
These plants have been known to grow well alongside German chamomile so consider planting:
Improves flavour of cabbage, onions & mint
These plants will not grow well with German chamomile so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect German chamomile plants:
Peter Rabbit was given a soothing cup of chamomile tea by his mother after a narrow escape from Mr McGregor. 1
Tea chamomile, Common chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, Wild chamomile, Scented mayweed, Manzanilla
Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria chamomilla, Matricaria chamomilla var. coronata, Matricaria suaveolens
Misspellings: Chamommile, Chamommila, German chamommile
23 Apr 2012
12 Mar 2012
I have several plants of German Chamomile. They are all in 2" pots and doing very well. They are in the front of the house in full sun.
19 May 2011
One of my favourite herbs because it’s both attractive and edible. Love the little applescented flowers and I will always grow this. Self seeds readily and easy to start from seed.
German chamomile care instructions
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fn1 “Hemphill’s Herbs, their cultivation and usage”, by John & Rosemary Hemphill 1984, Landsdowne Press, Sydney.