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PlantFiles: German Chamomile, Scented Mayweed
Matricaria chamomilla

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Matricaria (mat-ri-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: chamomilla (kam-oh-ME-luh) (Info)

Synonym:Chamomilla recutita
Synonym:Matricaria recutita
Synonym:Matricaria chamomilla var. coronata
Synonym:Matricaria suaveolens

8 vendors have this plant for sale.

55 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Lilithu On Mar 15, 2011, Lilithu from Springfield, TN wrote:

I've started the seeds inside & within just a few days I have hundreds of little seedlings! I just used Miracle grow seed starting mix & kept moist in my south facing window & they're going beserk. I know that they can be invasive & plan to check the USDA 'outlawed' plant list before putting them in the garden. I plan to sell most of them & give some away as gifts

Positive RosemaryA On Aug 3, 2008, RosemaryA from Toronto, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very easy to grow from seed with pretty flowers like small daisies, which smell like pineapple (to me). Attracts pollintators.

Positive ladyannne On May 2, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

An herbal medicine cabinet must. We grow it with yarrow in a wide, bricked off area where it can be evasive, but this one is the least offensive. About a dozen plants are barely enough to dry for the winter for tummy tea.

Positive la_raspberry On Jul 11, 2004, la_raspberry from Rosalia, WA wrote:

It is said this plant is also known as the Physician Plant as it will enhance the growth of those plants growing next to it.
This was my first year with German Chamomile, has grown to about 3 feet tall in sandy loam full sun, and the blooms keep coming if flowers are routinely harvested. I have 6 plants and have harvested at least 4 times. Ferny foliage is quite attractive and the blooms eye first my neighbor thought I was growing pineapple weed (which by the way is a nice tea!) as it resembles the weed when not in flower and is also a prolific weed in our area.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Chamomile is related to ragweed, so people who are very allergic should be cautious in consuming it.

Neutral poppysue On Nov 2, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

If you’re interested in a tea garden this is a favorite and easy to grow. Chamomile tea soothes tummy upsets and calms the nerves. Isn’t it what Peter Rabbit’s mother gave him? Plants have nice feathery foliage and flowers resemble tiny white daisies with large yellow centers. They have an apple like fragrance and taste. If you diligently harvest the flowers they’ll continue producing. They can be directly seeded in the garden in a lean, dry sunny spot. They’ll reseed on their own and you’ll have volunteers coming the following spring.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Wedowee, Alabama
Big Delta, Alaska
Phoenix, Arizona
Amesti, California
Davis, California
Menifee, California
Merced, California
San Diego, California
Debary, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Kalona, Iowa
Sioux City, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Henderson, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
West Kill, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Waynesville, North Carolina
Orient, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Springfield, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Wytheville, Virginia
Rosalia, Washington
Huntington, West Virginia
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Racine, Wisconsin

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