Growing Chamomile in the garden improves the gardens health.
In olden time chamomile was said to be the physician’s plant.
helps plants around it to improve their health.
Wild chamomile or Scotch Chamomile (pineapple plant)
grows in dry locations along side road sides and in any vacant spot, has the
same sweet smell as German and Roman Chamomile.
Grow some chamomile in the garden to brighten up your herb garden.
German Chamomile (matricaria recutita) a summer annual
grows 2 to 3 feet. Has daisy like small
flowers with white leaves. Like sandy soils with light fertility and a sunny
Sow chamomile seeds directly into the garden with the soil temperatures reach 55 to 60 degree F. Space plants 6 to 8 inches apart.
Roman Chamomile (chamaemelum nobile) a perennial grows 8
to 10 inches and prefers rich moist soils. Grows well in sunny locations but
will tolerate partial shade. Plant seeds
directly to the garden when the soil temperatures reach 55 to 60 degrees F.
Perennial plants can be divided by sets in March. Plant
18 inches apart and pack transplants firmly into the soil. Hand weed through
out the summer. Hoeing can disturb the roots. Taking root cutting s from
perennial plants will result in double blooms and more flowers.
Chamomile blooms in late summer July thru September. The chamomile flower and leaves can be used medically.
Today chamomile it is still valued as a calming herb and
used in teas, infusions and tinctures. Harvest chamomile in late summer or
spring pick the flowers when fully open. Flowers and leaves can be used fresh
or dried for longer storage.
Infuse ½ oz of dried flowers to 1 pint of hot water for 30 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey, enjoy in the evening.