Chamaemelum nobile - Roman chamomile
30 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
A mat forming low growing evergreen perennial with feathery leaves that have an apple scent when walked on, growing to 20cm by 30cm. Can handle the frost. It is in leaf all year, flowering mainly in summer with spot flowering in autumn. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees and other insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
Sow seeds in spring after the last frost. You can either sow direct or in pots to transplant later. Seed raising mix needs to be fine. Keep seeds damp not wet and place in a sunny spot. Transplant when seedlings are approxmiately 10cm high.
Note - People with severe allergic responses to ragweed (ragwort) should be warned about the possible cross-sensitivity to chamomile and other members of the Asteraceae/Compositae family (e.g. echinacea, feverfew, milk thistle).