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Chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile and cvs.

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A hardy perennial, chamomile has aromatic, threadlike leaves that fill the air with a pleasing apple-pineapple scent. White, daisylike blooms appear in summer. The cultivar ‘Treneague’ is valued because it does not flower, making an attractive lawn. ‘Flore Pleno’ has double flowers showier than those of the species.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSpreads unevenly as a groundcover by self-sowing. Young leaves and flowers can be gathered to make a calming tea, both fresh and dried. The leaves can be used in potpourri.

CareThrives in moist, rich soil and grows to 12 inches tall. Cut back regularly to encourage dense, compact growth.

PropagationStart from seed sown in situ, or divide in spring.

ProblemsUsually problem-free.

  • Genus : Chamaemelum
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage, Self Seeds
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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