Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun. Space plants 8-12″ apart in average to dry soil that is well-drained. Drought tolerant.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Plant height 6-12″. Attracts beneficial pollinators to the garden.
Chamomile, Roman chamaemelum nobile
Roman Chamomile, a relative to the more popular German Chamomile, has a following of its own. It has a slightly different scent (though still like apple or pineapple), which some prefer, and is also used in teas and essential oils. Unlike German Chamomile, which is actually an entirely different species, Roman Chamomile is a perennial. Its tiny white flowers are lovely against the very soft, feathery foliage. Use it in flavored honey, teas, and desserts. Great as a bath infusion, and inside sleep pillows. Leaves and flowers are used for herbal tea and hair rinse.
A slow-growing ground cover, this variety spreads by creeping rhizomes. The small daisy-like flowers, as well as the leaves, have a fragrance like German Chamomile. Commonly used to make “herbal lawns” in combination with herbs such as Creeping Thyme. It works well as an ornamental ground cover, since it does not grow to be very tall, and in England it is often used between stones in a garden.
To harvest gather leaves and flowers when in full bloom. Use fresh, or dry in a place out of direct sunlight and with good ventilation. Stir periodically over several days until dry.