Availability: 39 in stock
Height: Up to 60cm
Position: Prefers a sunny position
There are a few varieties of Chamomile but it is this one, Matricaria, which is the variety grown for a relaxing and soothing Chamomile tea! Its daisy like flowers are highly fragrant and feature a yellow cone with white downward pointing petals.
Chamomile seeds should be sown in spring to early summer in modules or trays. Pot the seedlings on when they are large enough to handle and plant out too 15cm apart after the risk of frost has passed. Chamomile can also be sown directly.
The flowers should be harvested when they are fully open, preferably in the morning so as to retain the maximum beneficial properties from within the flower.
Chamomile is native to Europe and North America.
Its name comes from the Greek word ‘Khamaimelon’ which means ‘earth apple’ or ‘Apple on the ground’. It is known for its soothing properties and is often enjoyed as a tea to calm the body and mind.
The Romans used it as incense and the Egyptians used it for fevers – they loved it so much they dedicated this flower to their sun god.
Its scented flowers have antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to clear the throat chakra.
As a companion plant Chamomile planted next to an ailing plant can help to revive it.
According to folklore, chamomile will bring luck and prosperity.