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German Chamomile

German Chamomile

German Chamomile

German Chamomile

German Chamomile

German chamomile is the more popular of the two species of chamomile. It produces far more flowers than its Roman chamomile counterpart. It grows to a height of 24 to 36 inches, with a spread of 12 to 14 inches, and produces flowers all summer long. Harvest flowers throughout the season but leave the last flowers of the season on the plant. The flowers will go to seed, setting the stage for the next season’s crop.

Sun Exposure

  • Full to partial sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 5.6 to 7.5

Hardiness Zones

  • 3 to 9


  • Sow seeds and thin to 8 to 12 inches apart
  • Plant seedlings 8 to 12 inches apart


  • Water deeply 1 inch a week when young
  • Once established let soil dry out between waterings


  • Grows 12″-24″ high, 12″-14″ wide
  • Fairly drought tolerant
  • Self-seeding annual
  • Days to maturity: 90 to 120 (sow seedlings indoors to get a head start)
  • Use flowers in tea, potpourri, hair rinses

Do you grow German chamomile? If so, please tell us your top tips for ensuring a delicious, fragrant harvest.


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