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Chamaemelum nobile (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)
Chamaemelum nobile (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

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Zones 2-24, 30-43
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Chamaemelum nobile

Roman Chamomile
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Ground covers, Herbs, Perennials

Native to West Europe, Azores, and North Africa. Soft-textured, spreading, 3–12-in.-high mat of bright light green, finely cut, aromatic leaves. Blooms in summer (sometimes continuing into fall in cool climates); blooms winter to spring in hot desert regions. Blossoms of the most commonly grown form look like small yellow buttons, while those of other types resemble little daisies. Makes a good lawn substitute if planted 1 ft. apart, mowed or sheared occasionally. Also useful between steppingstones or as a low edging along a path.

Although tea can be made from this plant, the familiar chamomile tea comes from the dried flowers of Matricaria recutita.

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