This heirloom plant has its place in history as being the most popular tea herb. The tea is perfect for before bed or after a meal, helping in digestion and relaxation. Generally safe for children of all ages.
Keep harvesting flowers for increased productivity. Quickly fades when flowers start maturing to seed.
Common name: German chamomile
Botanical name: Matricaria recutita
Type: Reseeding annual, reseeding over-wintering annual
Scarification/Stratification: None needed
Sow temp/season: 55-70 degrees in early spring and early fall
Sow depth/spacing: Sow seed on surface of fine seed bed and press seed in hard. Mix with sand to stretch tiny seed.
Final spacing: Space on one foot centers. Pot up thinnings or move them to other rows or beds.
Final height/spread: Two feet tall and equal spread.
pH range: 5-8
Soil type: Tolerates wide range of soil types.
Nutrition Low fertility enhances essential oil and medicinal substances, so a dash of compost will do the trick.
Drainage: Prefers decent drainage and does not tolerate wet feet.
Sun: Full sun.
Time to maturity: 75 days to flower harvest.
Hilling: None needed.
Suckering: Will branch profusely when tops are cut.
Propagation: Seed only
Hybridization: Plant different varieties 1000 feet away to maintain genetic purity.
Uses: Tea made from fresh or dried flowers.