German Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla) 1500 seeds (#2117)
Commonly called German chamomile, is an annual aromatic Eurasian herb that is commonly grown in herb gardens for harvest of its flowers which are principally used to make chamomile tea which is a mild sedative herbal drink recommended for a large number of applications including calming nerves, relaxing tense muscles, alleviating stress, dispelling insomnia and treating indigestion.
This plant has escaped garden plantings and has naturalized in open areas and along roads in various parts of North America. It typically grows to 30 cm tall and wide on stems clad with aromatic but bitter tasting double pinnate leaves.
Showy daisy-like flowers bloom summer to fall. Each flower features 10-20 petal-like white rays surrounding a showy bright yellow domed center disk of tubular yellow florets. For herbal use, harvest flowers when fully open. Flowers may be used fresh off the plant or dried and stored in airtight containers (freeze if product will not be used soon). G
Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Performs well in light sandy soils. Tolerates light shade. Tolerates poor soils. Best with regular moisture. Plant seed directly in the garden shortly before last spring frost date (flowers will appear in mid- summer with continued flowering to frost).
Information source: www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
Approximately 1500 seeds in 0.5g packet.
Genus - Matricaria
Species - Chamomilla
Common name - German Chamomile
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 10
Height - 0,30 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual Herb
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Light, sand, well-drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Naturalistic and herb gardens
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White with yellow centers
Sow the seeds on the moist soil surface at the start of spring; chamomile should have a light frost for best germination.
It should take the seeds about one to three weeks to germinate at +18-+24C. Once ready, transplant into the garden at about 30 cm.
For earlier flowers, start seed indoors in small pots about 6-8 weeks prior to last spring frost date for planting outside at last frost date. Plants will typically remain in the garden from year to year by self-seeding.