German Chamomile, a member of the daisy family, is a plant that is popularly used for making tea. This annual grows into a bush that gets close to 2 feet tall and sports lovely white blossoms that look quite similar to a daisy. German chamomile can grow well out in the garden as well as in containers and has many culinary uses along with it being an attractive addition to any garden.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
German chamomile likes soil that is well-drained and prefers a sunny location. Seeds will germinate within a couple of weeks, and the blooms will be ready to be harvested in about 30 days.
You can start German chamomile from seed by sowing directly into the ground, or you can transplant chamomile seedlings into your garden. If you are planting in containers, give each chamomile plant a 12-inch pot for best results. You won’t need to water German chamomile too often since it is a drought-tolerant plant. Giving it water once or twice a week should be enough.
Harvest the flowers of the chamomile plant by pinching them off at the stem. You can dry the flowers if you wish, or use them fresh.
Recipes/How to Use:
Steep the chamomile flower into a tea that is said to have calming properties. Use the leaves of the plant in salads or as a garnish.
Water for one mug of tea
1 teaspoon dried chamomile
Honey and lemon, to taste
• Add chamomile to enough water for one mug of tea and bring to a boil. Strain, then add honey and lemon to add a little sweetness and taste. Serves 1.