Chamomile Lawn, Roman Chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Chamaemelum (kam-AY-mel-um) (Info)
Species: nobile (no-BIL-ee) (Info)
Synonym:Anthemis nobilis





Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Amesti, California

Miranda, California

Potter Valley, California

Susanville, California

Jacksonville, Florida

New Plymouth, Idaho

Metamora, Illinois

Independence, Missouri

Jackson, New Jersey

Maplewood, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Wallkill, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Pickens, South Carolina

Dripping Springs, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Artondale, Washington

Port Angeles, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Fairmont, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 30, 2015, shule from New Plymouth, ID (Zone 4a) wrote:

Chamomile reseeds like a weed in western Idaho. The only problem with that is my mom lets it, and that means less space for other things. It can take over. The flowers are a great herb with mild antihistamine properties.

Cats like to sleep on chamomile, sometimes.


On Jul 11, 2012, northwestnative from Port Angeles, WA wrote:

This Roman Chamomolie came back and looks lovely after a tough winter with several feet of snow. It was sewn last season by seed, and bloomed nicely last year, but has not bloomed yet this season. It appears to be "trying" to bloom but is yellowing on the inside at its base and I wonder why. I cannot remember it doing this last year. I will be trying an organic fertilizer and will report back with before and after photos if possible.


On Feb 27, 2012, herbella from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Few things are invasive in this High Desert region of New Mexico where water is so scarce, but once you plant this herb, it shows up in the lawn and everywhere. However, it smells so nice, has such pretty flowers in spring, has low water requirements, and looks so green in January through March (when nothing else does) that I have decided to let it take over the front lawn.


On Apr 14, 2009, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have grown Roman Chamomile for many years. Delighted with its shade tolerance, fragrance, adaptability to various soils, low space requirements, and medicinal uses.

Also, in my gardens, has been much easier to keep going from year to year than annual German Chamomile. :)

Because Roman Chamomile is perennial, it will stay alive for several years in frost-free zones, even after it flowers. This allows many more crops of flowers to be harvested from this vs. the German kind that dies soon after flowering.

Also, in zones with some frost, Roman Chamomile tends to come back from the roots in Spring, even if no seeds fell to the ground. This is nice in my experience because it keeps me from having to replant. I have not had good luck with gett... read more


On Apr 28, 2008, DonnaA2Z from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The photos shown here of the Roman Chamomile appear to look more like the German Chamomile that I grow. Any how, the Roman Chamomile that I have is a perennial and is fluffy in growth. The blooms appear almost exactly like the German variety, except the German variety's pedal turn downward towards the end of the blooms cycle... the Roman Chamomile does not do this. I am posting pictures that I have of the variation I have for clarification.


On Sep 2, 2007, happyscientist from Fairmont, WV wrote:

I love this plant and am in the process of replacing my front lawn with it. It grows well in my heavy clay soil, spreading to fill in gaps and blocking out most weeds. The thick, evergreen (zone 6) mat also holds the soil on my sloping yard. It doesn't seem to care how much water it gets, although we do get a lot of rain here. I mow it with the deck set high every few weeks, and the chamomile responds by forming a pleasant smelling path capable of handling light foot traffic.


On Mar 7, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Can be used as a lawn substitute and can take some mowing. It is said that the Romans walked on it, bathed in it, and used it medicinally.


On Nov 25, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Roman Chamomile is used as a ground cover, often between stepping stones where its downy foliage emits an apple-scented aroma when crushed. It prefers light, well-drained soil. Roman Chamomile is a marginal perennial in my Zone 3 climate, but often winters over, if mulched.

Essential oil is extracted from the blooms, preferred over German chamomile. It was used medicinally by the ancient Egyptians. It is native to Europe, the Azores, and North Africa, but can also be found in the wilds of the United States where it is believed to be an escapee from cultivation.