- Roman Chamomile
Grows to about 30cm in height.
Spreads via stolons and seeds.
Germinates easily when grown from seed.
It can be a groundcover if trimmed with shears or by a mower on it's highest setting.
Leaves and flowers have a nice fragrance.
Can make a calming tea with it.
Grows on heavy clay to rich loamy soils. I haven't tried on sandy soil.
Tolerates frosts down to at least -3c
Flowers from late spring through to early autumn in Palmerston North, NZ. Flowering season will vary due to climate.
Plants go straggly after flowering and bare patches may appear in the bed. To avoid this consider trimming weekly by about the width of your hand until the plants are about 10cm above the ground. Leave the cuttings in place along with the seed heads will mean there are seeds around to cover any bare patches.
It grows well when sown along with grass seed in a lawn. Don't expect to see flowers if mown regularly... but it sure smells good when lying on the lawn and whilst mowing.