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Chamomile Flower

Matricaria recutita (Compositae)

Habitat and Appearance:

It is an annual, growing to 60cm, with erect stems, much branched with very feathery leaves. The flower heads are typically compositae (daisy-like), having white florets and yellow disc florets forming the centre ‘button’. The whole plant is highly aromatic.

Garden Suitability:

A very important garden plant as it provides good ground cover and if kept cropped can provide a carpeting effect, which when walked on releases its fragrance; ideal between stonework and gravel. However, the common chamomile, Anthemis nobilis, is best for a lawn effect. It enjoys light, sandy soils but will grow on most.