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Chamomile Matricaria recutita

Growing Chamomile: Tips at a Glance

With both perennial and annual varieties, chamomile is a fragrant flowering herb with a purpose. Whether you're growing its delicate white flowers for ornamental purposes or for culinary or medicinal purposes, chamomile will thrive in full sun and well-drained soil.

  • Type Flowering herb
  • Lifespan Annual or perennial
  • USDA Zones 3-9
  • Light Sun, partial shade
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • How to Plant Seed or seedlings
  • Design Tip Cottage garden
  • Companions Kale, beans
  • Days to Maturity 56

Chamomile: A Field Guide

Chamomile tea gets all the attention, but this annual flowering herb proves its usefulness in many other ways as well: its calming, medicinal effects have been appreciated for centuries and its cheery white aster flowers with yellow centers are a valuable ornamental plant in a cottage garden or informal flower bed.

A great companion plant in vegetable gardens, Matricaria recutita has a strong scent which can deter unwanted bugs that prey on your edible garden’s crops of kale and squash. (If you water chamomile infrequently, the plant will produce a stronger smell and be a more powerful repellent.)

Don’t overlook: perennial chamomile, a low-growing creeper with white daisy flowers. Used as a ground cover, Chamaemelum nobile will form a dense mat of attractive gray-green foliage.

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