If you toss and turn at night, you’ll love the soothing benefits of homegrown chamomile steeped into a calming tea. Large shows of petite, sweetly fragrant, daisy-like flowers look lovely in the garden or as a culinary accent. The pretty, edible flowers add a slightly sweet flavor to salads, desserts, and drinks. It’s also a great companion plant in the vegetable garden, attracting beneficial insects that pollinate plants and prey on pests, helping keep your garden healthy and productive. Both flowers and leaves can be used to make chamomile tea, but if the leaves taste too bitter, skip them and use the fresh or dried flowers alone.

Type                           Annual

Planting time             Spring

Features                    Pretty edible, daisy-like flowers.

Light                           Full sun to partial shade

Matures                     60 to 65 days

Soil                             Fertile, well-drained, sandy loam

Spacing                     8 inches apart

Plant size                  15 to 24 inches tall

Uses                           Herbal tea, edible flower, companion plant, aromatherapy

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At a glance

Light Requirements: Full sun to partial shade.

Planting: Space chamomile 8 to 12 inches apart. (See plant’s stick tag for specific spacing recommendations.)

Soil requirements: Chamomile prefers fertile, well-drained, sandy loam.

Water requirements: Water new plants deeply once per week. Chamomile prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Frost-fighting plan: Chamomile is an annual but readily reseeds. To extend growing period, use frost protection row covers.

Common issues: Chamomile is easy to grow with very few pests. If aphids become a problem, spray them off the plant with water or treat the plant with insecticidal soap for serious infestations.

Harvesting: Gather flowers in full bloom, with three to four harvests possible per growing season. To dry, place flowers in a single layer on a screen out of direct sunlight, stirring occasionally. Make sure flowers are completely dry before storing.

Storage: After drying, preserve flowers by placing them in an air-tight container in a dark pantry.