Herbs forum: Chamomile - so many to choose from

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Oct 27, 2015 4:37 PM CST
I've had generally poor luck with this plant, not sure why. I think it does not like competition, and I likely let it become overrun with weeds. One of my favorites was a taller lemon scented chamomile which got about 12" tall with solid yellow flowers. My latest stab is C. nobile 'Treneague' which is a low English evergreen chamomile. So far, it has spread out well and gave me tons of bloom the first season. Makes me wonder if it might be mismarked, as the label stated "seldom blooms" and in our database an alternate common name is non-blooming lawn chamomile. Here it is clearly in bloom:

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In any event, whatever variety I currently have seems to be doing well, and I even harvested some for drying/winter use. An all-around herb, chamomile may be used as an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, sedative, calmic, tonic, stimulant, anti-septic, and is even rumored to perk up ailing plants if planted close by. My grandmother used to serve all the girl-cousins chamomile tea at our somewhat rambunctious tea parties - wise woman!

I use chamomile regularly in hair rinses and lotions, both the flowers and the leaves. It's also a regular in my salves, for arthritis, healing, and itching.

Please note that some folks are sensitive to the sap of the plant, and pregnant women should not use it.

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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Oct 27, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Another favorite for tea and skin lotion
I grow the German. Chamomile
It doesn't seem to relax me at all but I enjoy the flavor.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Oct 30, 2015 3:03 PM CST
I have grown both types of Chamomile
Greek for ''earth apple'' , supposedly for its apple like scent

German : (Matricaria retutica)- an annual upright that reseeds nicely in my garden . The seeds need light to germinate.
Small seedlings will transplant well but plants more than a few inches tall most often die.


Roman : (Chamaemelum nobile ) Perennial ground cover
Considered the ''True'' chamomile Does not like hot dry weather.


I have used the flower heads as tea from both these plants . I collect a lot more from the German just because I always have this plant due to reseeding. I also use the tea to prevent damping off of most all my seedlings started in the house.

I find the Roman/ English harder to keep because it does not like hot dry , but if it is watered too much you loose the potency of the plant as an herb , next plant will grow in my flower bed and we will see.
My herb garden gets very little water and almost no soil amendments.
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Name: Sean B Murray
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Whitebeard
Oct 30, 2015 4:03 PM CST
Thanks for the info here. As it's not culinary herb for me, I've never tried chamomile, but perhaps I will.
Name: nell mcguire
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nell
Nov 12, 2015 7:43 AM CST
I really like chamomile added to my regular tea. I tried growing german chamomile this year. It did not do real well. Next year i will put a little more effort into it.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 25, 2015 8:51 PM CST
I had thought it was the German chamomile which was used as tea?
The Roman chamomile can also be used as tea?
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Mindy03
Nov 26, 2015 6:37 AM CST
Yes caroling it can. They have similar properties with a few differences.
Actually just about all plants can be used but some work better than others and some should be avoided.
For example all pines have similar uses but the white pine and scotch pine are the best ones to use. I'm
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 27, 2015 6:59 AM CST
Great! I have a pkt of Roman Chamomile seeds so will be starting them.
I think that I also have an old pkt of the German as well, but that one can become invasive here. Maybe plant into a container.

Voila
May 11, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Hi. How did your Roman Chamomile seeds do? I'm in a warm climate, I ordered plugs and have planted 30 so far, I'm attempting to establish a ground cover, I'm growing Roman in the front beds and German in the back beds, with Lavender "Lady". I'm fascinated with Chamomile as a ground cover and I'm happy to see that the non-blooming variety is blooming with a neat bloom! I'd like to grow that one as well !
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
May 11, 2016 7:42 PM CST
The seeds did well, but the seedlings are still in the house waiting for weather to cooperate!

GreenPanda
Aug 1, 2016 11:15 PM CST
I'm hoping that some of you chamomile experts can help me. I make pressed flower art, and a while back I purchased over the internet some beautiful pressed greenery from a lady in Turkey. She said it was "chamomile daisy". It was beautifiul, dark green, bushy, and lush (the leaves had an almost fern-like look to them). I compared it to pictures on the internet and decided that is was probably Roman Chamomile. I want to try growing some myself, but I want to make sure I'm planting the same plant. Roman Chamomile supposedly grows in my zone (U.S. hardiness zone 5b in St. Louis, Missouri). However, I saw it growing at the botanical gardens here a few weeks ago, and it was not the beautiful, dark green, bushy and lush plant that I had purchased from the lady in Turkey. Instead, it was leggy, light green, and had very skimpy foliage. (We have very hot and humid summers here; that may make a difference.) My question is: does your Roman Chamomile foliage have that beautiful, dark green, bushy, and lush look to it? Does keeping it sheared back as when using it for a ground cover cause it to look more like that? Thank you for any guidance you can give.
Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Aug 2, 2016 5:55 AM CST
I did a search for dark green bushy chamomile plant and the results came up as Dyers Chamomile and Field Chamomile.

The Field Chamomile is in the database under Scentless Chamomile

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