Flowering Chamomile, Common
Chamomile is most widely known for its many medicinal uses, especially in tea. This popular flowering herb helps people relax their minds and is a great tea to have right before bed, or when you don’t feel well. In addition to its health benefits, chamomile is also very beneficial in your garden. Their small daisy-like flowers help attract beneficial insects and their aroma can deter mosquitoes. You can also chop-and-drop; cut the entire plant and leave it on your soil as a natural mulch.
There are two types of chamomile. There’s perennial Roman chamomile with a creeping growth habit. This variety makes a beautiful ground cover that’ll grow along the soil’s surface. There’s also annual German chamomile that grows upright and will self-sow and grow back year after year. The German variety is mostly used for making tea.
This charming common German chamomile will offer plenty of small, gentle-smelling flowers that look like mini daisies.
Days to Maturity: 60-65 days
Plant size: 15-24” tall
Plant spacing: 6-8” apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Chamomile enjoys full sun during cooler months and will appreciate some shade during warmer periods. Grow in fertile, well-draining, moderately dry soil. Once established, chamomile needs very little care. This delicate flower is shallow-rooted, and drought tolerant so it only needs light watering during dry spells. Plants that are planted in poor soils, may become top-heavy and will need staking or support.
Pruning: Cutting back your chamomile after a flush of flowering or if your plants develop weak, leggy steams midseason, will encourage new, stronger growth. You can trim the leaves and stems as close to 4” from the ground to force a surge of growth and new flowers.
Harvesting: Harvest flowers when they are in full bloom and their petals begin to curl downward. Fresh flowers can be used in teas but will require more flowers to reach the preferred taste. Typically, flowers are dried before using for tea. Drying instructions: Lightly rinse chamomile blossoms and gently lay flower heads on a paper towel to soak up surface moisture. Then place flower heads on a screen in a dry, well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight. Mix up the flower heads every so often until fully dry. Store in an airtight container.
Culinary: Classic cups of chamomile tea require two tablespoons of dried flowers per eight-ounce cup of water. If you are using fresh flowers, double the tablespoons of flowers per eight-ounce cup of water. You can easily add the flowers to hot water and let it steep for about 5-8 minutes. Then pour through a strainer to separate the flowers from the liquid. The more flowers you add, the stronger the flavor will be. Add ice for iced tea or a sprig of mint and a spoonful of honey, and you have your perfect cup of bedtime tea!
Nutrients: Tea made from chamomile flowers helps digestion, acts as a gentle sleep inducer, helps with cold symptoms, reduces inflammation and so much more.
Special considerations: Chamomile self-sows readily and will grow back year after year.
Transplanting: You can spread chamomile herb in your garden by digging up a mature plant, dividing the root ball, and replanting in another location.
Companion planting: Chamomile’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal qualities make it a great companion plant for most plants. You can also brew the flowers to use as a foliage spray to help prevent damper-off and other fungal diseases. It's also a natural insecticide so its spray can be used to treat pests like aphids, or whiteflies without harming beneficial insects. Chamomile is also commonly used in compost teas and applied to the garden as an organic, soluble fertilizer.
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.