Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 8″ apart in average soil that is well-drained.
Does well in containers or mixed pots. Plant height 6-24″. Attracts beneficial pollinators to the garden.
Chamomile, German matriciaria recutita
German chamomile, the more popular of the two lovely plants named chamomile (the other being Roman), has extensive medicinal and culinary uses. Both leaves and flowers can be used. The flowers have a delightful scent: pineapple to some, apple to others. Chamomile tea is one of the most popular herbal teas, for its flavor and relaxing, sleep-inducing properties. In a similar way, its flowers sprinkled in a hot bath before bedtime are very sweet and calming.
Chamomile is commonly used in alternative medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic qualities, and sometimes in cosmetics for its anti-allergenic properties. It is very good for the muscular and digestive systems, and soothes irritated tissue.
To harvest, gather flowers when in full bloom. Three to four cuttings are possible in one growing season. To dry, place flower heads one layer deep on a screen in a dry place out of direct sunlight and with good ventilation. Stir periodically over several days until dry.