UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA


Garden Help > Herbs

German chamomile, Matricaria chamomilla, is the most commonly grown variety for chamomile blossoms. The plant produces fragrant flowers all summer long. The small, white daisy-like flowers have a pleasant pineapple flavor. They also attract beneficial insects and are self-seeding. The dried flowers are steeped in hot water to make one of the world's most popular herbal teas.

How to grow

  • Type: Annual
  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: Slightly alkaline preferred
  • Water: Low water
  • Size: 1–2' tall, 12–14" wide

When to plant/propagate

  • From seed: Preferred; plant in early spring when soil temperature is above 55 deg. Plant is self-seeding
  • Transplants: Transplant when plants are less than 1–2" in height


Indoors: Can be grown indoors with 5–6 hours/day of bright light from a sunny window or 12–16 hours of supplemental light provided by cool white fluorescent or LED lamps

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