Chamomile

£2

If there was a plant that sang for their supper it would be Chamomile. Not only a pretty one, but so, so useful! These daisy-like flowers can be dried and steeped to make a tea to help sleep or even a skin wash. Known for their anti-inflammatory qualities, they are packed full of healthy perks for a gardener and grow to about 50cm tall.

BOTANICAL NAME
Matricaria chamomilla

NICKNAME
Chamomile, Common Chamomile, Corn Chamomile, Dog's Chamomile, German Chamomile, Ground Apple, Lawn Chamomile, Pellitory of Spain, Roman Chamomile, St Anne's Flower, Scotch Chamomile, Sweet Chamomile and Wild Chamomile.

QUANTITY
400 seeds

PLANT SIZE
Height: 50cm
Width: 50cm
In containers may be smaller

CONTAINER SIZE
30cm width

SOWING
Indoor: Anytime
Outdoor: May-Jun

GROW TIME
Germination: 7-14 days
Matures: 42-56 days

SPACING
Sow: 5cm apart
Plant: 20cm apart

WHAT THEY LOVE
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Soil: Moist but well drained
Water: Once a week
Food: Feed once in spring

COMPANION PLANTS
Cabbage, Onions, Beans, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Kale, Delphiniums and Black Eyed Susan.

OUR TIPS
Sow a sprinkle of seeds on the surface of prepared fine soil and add a light layer of soil on top. Keep the soil warm and moist to support germination. Once you have sprouts, keep them in a sunny position and space to 10cm apart to help them grow. Clip regularly in growing season as otherwise the plant can become leggy. If planting in pots, raise up the pots to help water drainage over winter and to stop the plan's roots from rotting. 

BRINGS TO YOUR GARDEN
Makes the bees happy
Happy in containers
Grow on your windowsill
Great companion plant

HARVESTING
Gather newly opened flowers in the summer. Can be dried or used fresh.

MAKES FOR GREAT..
Probably one of the most used herbal remedies centuries old. Brew in teas to help you sleep, add to a cheesecake for a delicate herbal flavour or use to soothe skin irritations.

HEALTH BENEFITS
What a sturdy reputation this wonder herb has from history. If it isn't helping us sleep, it is aiding us with stomach pain, colds, calmness and endless beauty, medical and foodie uses. It's a strong anti inflammatory and antiseptic and is our go to for natural alternatives.

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