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Matricaria chamomilla is often confused with:
Chamaemelum nobile Chamaemelum nobile
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Hyoscyamus niger Hyoscyamus nigra
Dianthus caryophyllus Dianthus caryophyllus plants
Dianthus chinensis Dianthus chinensis

Sweet False Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Matricaria recutita
Phonetic Spelling
mah-trih-KAIR-ree-ah kam-oh-MIL-luh
Description

A non-native annual herb with showy, aromatic white flowers with yellow centers. It can be used for tea, potpourris, garnish and crafts.  The tea provides a sedating effect, but may trigger an allergic reaction in those with ragweed allergies.  More often used for tea than its cousin, Roman Chamomile.

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Tags:
#showy flowers#annual#medicinal#herb garden#teas#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#annual#medicinal#herb garden#teas#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Matricaria
    Species:
    chamomilla
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Temp. Eurasia to Indo-China
    Edibility:
    Flowers for tea and other culinary uses.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 1 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 0 ft. 1 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herb
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Daisy-like flowers bloom summer to fall. Each flower features 10-20 petal-like white rays surrounding a showy bright yellow domed center disk of tubular yellow florets.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Filiform
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Fern-like light green and feathery
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Meadow
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border