'What could be more soothing than curling up at bedtime with a good book and a cup of chamomile tea made from flowers fresh from your garden? The flowers can also be dried for floral arrangements, pressed for crafts, or woven into charming wreaths, and their edible petals can be tossed into salads. In the garden, chamomile attracts beneficial insects and pollinators.
Botanical Name: Matricaria recutita
Native: Africa and Europe
Hardiness: Annual; reseeds
Plant Dimensions: 18″–30″ tall, 12″–18″ wide
Variety Information: Fern-like foliage on thin, light green stems, ¾” apple-scented, white, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. Blooms from late spring to summer.
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date or as soon as soil can be worked.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Optimal soil temperature is 65°–85°F.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A pinch of seeds every 8″
Row Spacing: 18″
Thinning: When ½” tall, thin to 1 every 8″
Harvesting: Pick flowers in the morning, just before fully opened, and dry on a screen covered with cheesecloth in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area. Plants may also be hung upside down to dry.
This packet sows up to 105 feet. 3,160 seeds.