Chamomile is one of the oldest favorites among garden herbs and its reputation as a medicinal plant shows little signs of abatement. When walked on, its strong, fragrant scent will often reveal its presence before it is seen. For this reason it was employed as one of the aromatic strewing herbs in the Middle Ages, and used often to be purposely planted in green walks in gardens. Indeed walking over the plant seems especially beneficial to it.
German Chamomile is an Annual that grows once in a year, Roman Chamomile is a Perennial (returns every year)!
Sow around May after last frost. Prefers a sunny location.
Tip: Do not sow on a windy day! Water gently to avoid dispersing seed. “Most seed companies recommend that Roman chamomile seeds be broadcast over an area of moist soil and lightly tamped down. Seeds take 10 to 14 days to germinate at temps greater than 60° Fahrenheit (16° Celsius). Weed the area where seeds are planted and keep soil moist until plants are established. The chamomile should become thick enough that eventually weeds will be inhibited.”