CHAMOMILE (Roman or English) (Chamamelum nobile: or Anthemis

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CHAMOMILE (Roman or English) (Chamamelum nobile: or Anthemis nobilis)

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The dried flowers are used to make a mild tea and as an in- gredient in cream rinses and shampoos. The plants are attractive and make a fragrant border plant in a flower bed or rock garden.

Chamomile is a low-growing perennial, 3 to 6 inches tall, with feathery foliage. It produces small, daisylike flowers about 10 inches above the foliage in early summer. Both foliage and flowers have a delicate applelike scent.

Plant this herb in a well-drained soil in full sun. Chamomile can be grown from seed, but allow 8 to 10 weeks for it to germinate. Otherwise, divide the established plants in early spring or fall. The flower heads are cut before the petals fall and dried for later use. Keep the plants trimmed back to promote bushy and full growth.

SOURCE: James C. Schmidt Department of Horticulture Michigan State University

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