Growing German Chamomile from Seed
Name: German Chamomile / Matricaria recutita
Other Names: Scented Mayweed
Days to Maturity: 75-120 days
Light Preference: Full Sun
Hardiness Zones: 1-13 (Annual)
Plant Spacing: 6 inches apart
Soil Preference: Grows in well draining, poor to average soil.
Plant Height: Chamomile tends to grow between 20-30 inches
Uses: Wide range of uses including culinary, tea, fragrance, outdoor landscaping, etc.
Matures in 75-120 days. Hardy in zones 1-13. Prefers warmer weather and full sun.
Don’t confuse German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) with Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), an altogether different species of plant used to treat the same ailments. German Chamomile is an annual in Zones 1-13. With a tenacious growth habit, Chamomile should do well in most soils, but it does especially well in light, sandy soils. Sometimes used as a ground cover to fill in gaps in your garden.
German Chamomile will attract beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, and some say that planting Chamomile in your garden has antifungal properties. As an herb, it is most popularly used to create teas.
The flowers are often dried and used to make Chamomile Tea.