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Growing Chamomile

Botanical Name:

Anthemis noblis (common) Chamaemelum nobile (correct)

Common names:

Chamomile, Roman Chamomile

Description:

Chamomile has dainty, daisy-like white flowers with yellow centers set on top of thin stems of feathery green leaves. It comes in creeping or trailing varieties, and seldom grows to more than 12 inches high. Flowers of the creeping varieties contain properties sought after in the herb garden and give off a lovely, apple-like scent.

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Life Cycle:

hardy perennial

Exposure:

full sun or partial shade

Cultivation:

Chamomile isn't fussy about the soil it grows in and adapts well to poor conditions. Sow seeds in a sunny location in the spring and once established, plants will readily reseed and spread themselves all over your garden. The plants look straggly when planted on their own and look better in large groups or "drifts".

Propagation:

division or seeds

Parts Used:

flowers

Harvesting and Storage:

Use a scissors to clip flowers from stems just as they fully open. Spread them out on racks or in shallow pans to dry, and store in an airtight container away from direct sunlight.

Medicinal Uses:

insomnia, digestive relief, and mouthwash

Culinary Uses:

teas, German Chamomile can be added to sour cream to top potatoes

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Other Uses:

hair care, skin care, wreaths, dried flowers, potpourri, and perennial gardens

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