The Roman chamomile that we planted back in April has finally begun to blossom, and the flowers it produces are truly lovely. Chamomile is a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae), and so it’s flowers are daisies in miniature form. The difference between it and it’s larger cousin is the scent: chamomile flowers smell something like apple, and they’re very popular in tea, which is the reason I chose to grow them. I love Chamomile tea!
I chose Roman chamomile over German, because I read that Roman is the perennial of the two. I didn’t want to replant yearly, but I’ve heard that German chamomile has it’s own special qualities, so I’m thinking of planting it next year.
The plant was slow to get started, but once the weather warmed a bit, it went crazy! We weren’t expecting such unruly growth, but I guess that’s just the way it is. It’s a low growing vine that tends to sprawl and will soon need training. Here’s a before and after pic of the plant in April of this year, and today:
Fortunately, it also produces flower buds prolifically:
That’s it’s saving grace, however it will need training so as not to disrupt the other plants in the garden. It’s flowers are beautiful, and I gathered the first harvest today:
The flowers can be made into tea while fresh, or dried for use later. I’m drying this first handful, but I think it would be well worth it to make a cup of tea from the fresh flowers!
Take care and happy gardening 🙂