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German chamomile        

Matricaria recutita

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.

You may use room-temperature chamomile tea as a preventative to damping off.

Chamomile has bright green feathery leaves and jolly daisy type flowers with yellow centers and white petals.

Blooms normally grow to 2.5 cm (0.97 inches imperial) in diameter and produce a sweet smokey scent, whilst showing as a colour very similar to   White and   Unmellow Yellow and   Floral white. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 12. Its fruits normally ripen as a colour very similar to   Sandy brown and   Buff. Leaves usually appear in   Ao green and   Grade 1 Paint Green

It is a flowering edible 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, followed by first harvests in late summer.

This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife German chamomile is a great choice.

Some varieties of German chamomile you may like to consider growing are: German, Bodegold and Zloty lan.

German chamomile tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about German chamomile have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow German chamomile

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

This plant needs well-drained soil and regular watering, though take care not to over-water.
Self seeds easily

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. German chamomile needs a sandy, potting mix and silty 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.

See our list of companion Plants for German chamomile to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing German chamomile from seed

Very easy from seed, can be sown in fall before last frost, sown indoors before first frost, or sown outdoors before last frost.

Readily reseeds itself.

Aim to sow 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 5.85 inches (15.0 cm). For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 10°C / 50°F.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing German chamomile about 0 days after your last frost date .

Transplanting German chamomile

Best to thin out after to a distance of about 20cm between plants.
Choose a sunny spot at the front of the border or along a path in well drained conditions
Sometimes used to make a chamomile lawn or chamomile seat. These are walked on or sat on, once mature, to release the herbs fragrance

German chamomile is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside - as a guideline, the minimum temperature outside should be approximately 10°C / 50°F.

Harvesting German chamomile

Pick flowers before midday to avoid sun-induced loss of valuable voltile essence 1

Seed Saving German chamomile

Collect flower heads as they fade and place in a paper bag to dry completely

How long does German chamomile take to grow?

These estimates for how long German chamomile takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take German chamomile to germinate?
7 days

Average 7 days | Min 1 days | Max 29 days (126)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out German chamomile?
+ 18 days

Average 18 days | Min 4 days | Max 90 days (11)

Days to Maturity How long until German chamomile is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 71 days

Average 71 days | Min 34 days | Max 339 days (11)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow German chamomile?
= 96 days

When should I plant German chamomile?

Our when to plant German chamomile estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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When to sow The number of days to sow German chamomile before or after your last frost date.
0 days after Last Frost Date

German chamomile Etymology

The word chamomile comes from the Greek and means “earth-apple”.

German chamomile Folklore & Trivia

Peter Rabbit was given a soothing cup of chamomile tea by his mother after a narrow escape from Mr McGregor. 1

Other names for German chamomile

Tea chamomile, Common chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, Wild chamomile, Scented mayweed, Manzanilla, camomile

Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria chamomilla, Matricaria chamomilla var. coronata, Matricaria suaveolens

Misspellings: Chamommile, Chamommila, German chamommile

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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1 “Hemphill’s Herbs, their cultivation and usage”, by John & Rosemary Hemphill 1984, Landsdowne Press, Sydney.

2 :Growing Herbs with Margaret Roberts; First published 1985

3 Milojević, Marina. “Chamomile.” Perfume Ingredient, Fragrance and Essential Oils Matricaria Chamomilla. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2014.

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