- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, preferably light, sandy soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast
- Flowering period: June to August
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies; chamomile is said to have healing properties
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Forming a dense, creeping mat of aromatic leaves, which are topped with wonderful, white, daisy-like flowers in summer, this flowering chamomile is perfect for sunny, well-drained areas of the herb garden. A valuable medicinal herb, the flowers can be dried and used to make chamomile tea or potpourri.
- Garden care:Gently firm the seeds into the surface of good seed compost and thin when large enough to handle, transplanting into individual pots or planting out into a well prepared seed bed. Alternatively sow direct into a weed-free bed that has a very fine tilth, which has been firmed and levelled. Mix the very fine seed with sand, and allowing one packet of seeds per square metre, distribute the seed. Leave uncovered and water in using a fine spray. Do not allow the soil to dry out, but avoid excessively wet conditions. You may need to protect the area from birds as they may eat the seed. Thin to 30cm (or 10-15cm if you want a more immediate effect), and cut back the plants to encourage bushier growth. When watering, it is best to give the plants a really thorough soak when the soil gets dry, rather than applying a little water every day.
- Sow: March-May
- Flowering: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 1000 seeds.
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Q:How do I get rid of gnats?
We are having a wedding in our garden and need to eliminate gnats. We have a small pond, which doesn't help but we really don't want to get rid of it. There will not be room to have citronella flares. Is there anything we can plant? Thank youAsked on 29/6/2009 by Christopher Robinson
A:Hello there, One of the nicest things to plant that will help to discourage gnats and flying menaces is lemon verbena or Lippia Citriodora. This is a wonderful plant with pretty white flowers in summer but the real attraction is its lemon scented leaves which discourage flies. It is a slightly tender plant though that needs some shelter over winter. Other plants include garlic or garlic chives, Chamomile, Artemesia, Pyrethrum and Feverfew. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Can I grow moss or chamomile between my paving slabs?
How can I grow moss or chamomile in between the slabs of my patio?Asked on 29/8/2006 by Emma Stanley
A:Moss will only grow in damp, shady spots so if your paving isn't in a damp spot then I'm afraid you will be fighting a losing battle trying to get it to become established. If the conditions are ideal, then it is more than likely that moss will already have started to grow, but you can encourage more by mixing live yogurt in with some compost and putting it between the paving cracks. Chamomile however will happily growing in a sunny spot and all you need to do is fill the cracks with potting compost and sow the seeds - just click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/seeds/lawn-seed/rhs-green-velvet-grass-seed-/classid.1000001024/Answered on 30/8/2006 by Crocus
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