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.
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.
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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.
Very easy from seed, can be sown in fall before last frost, sown indoors before first frost, or sown outdoors before last frost.
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.
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.
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
Pick flowers before midday to avoid sun-induced loss of valuable voltile essence 1
Collect flower heads as they fade and place in a paper bag to dry completely
These estimates for how long German chamomile takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 7 days | Min 1 days | Max 29 days (126)
Average 18 days | Min 4 days | Max 90 days (11)
Average 71 days | Min 34 days | Max 339 days (11)
Our when to plant German chamomile estimates are relative to your last frost date.
The word chamomile comes from the Greek and means “earth-apple”.
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, camomile
Chamomilla recutita, Matricaria chamomilla, Matricaria chamomilla var. coronata, Matricaria suaveolens
Misspellings: Chamommile, Chamommila, German chamommile
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.
angelchrome about growing German Chamomile
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.