Translated from the Greek,"chamomile" means ground apple, referring to the apple-like odor and the fact that it makes a fine ground cover and substitute for grass. Roman Chamomile plants are low-growing, 4-6 inches tall and rapidly spreading. The dried flowers are used to make a sedative tea, nerve tonic, and skin cleanser, and it is used in potpourri.
Perennial , zones 5-9
Germination: 10-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface, seeds need light to germinate.
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant into the garden after the last frost, 4-6” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost, very small seeds- sow seeds lightly in a prepared area
Growth Habit: Low growing, spreading mat
Height and Width: 4-12” x 12”
Spacing: 4-6” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Roman Chamomile needs average to medium well-drained soil
Flowering: 60-70 days
Harvest: When flowers are in full bloom. Use fresh or dried. Dry flowers on a screen in a dark and dry well-ventilated space
Uses: Culinary, tea, medicinal, flowers attracts bees and beneficial insects, low traffic lawn substitute, ground cover, edging, grow between stepping stones
Tips: Prefers cooler growing conditions, doesn't like extreme heat