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Chamomile Chamomile

There are two types of chamomile commonly available: the Roman or perennial chamomile, or the annual German chamomile.

Its main uses are medicinal. The flowers have a mild sedative effect and so are often used in teas to help one relax, and the leaves have soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and is excellent for treating itchy and inflamed skin.

Roman chamomile is a low growing plant with feathery leaves and small white flowers – sometimes grown as a chamomile lawn instead of using grass. German chamomile on the other hand can grow up to 60cm tall and is more suitable for a wild flower area.

Planting Chamomile

Chamomile are perennial plants, and once planted will grow year after year in the same spot. However every 3 years or so the plants will benefit from being lifted and divided in the spring.

Chamomile can be bought as small plants from a nursery or alternatively they can be raised from seed. Sow directly into the seed bed, or into plug trays and then harden off and plant out when big enough to handle


Chamomile should be raised from seed in spring, and Roman Chamomile can also be propagated by cuttings or division in summer.

Using Chamomile

Pick chamomile when the flowers are fully open, and dry thoroughly to store, and can then be made into chamomile tea (add about 1 heaped teaspoon of flowers per cup of tea and sweeten with honey).

Chamomile is also said to repel onion fly, and so makes a good companion plant. I have also read that when companion planted next to an ailing plant it will help revive the ailing plant… let us know if you have tried this and if it works.

Phyl @ The Allotment Gardener

Lifelong gardener and allotment enthusiast. Now have 3 allotments!

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