German Chamomile Seed

Matricaria recutita


Matricaria recutita

Annual or overwintering annual native to Europe.  This is the delightfully aromatic Chamomile of tea fame. Good yields of small, sweet smelling, daisy-like flowers. Tea made from the flowers aids digestion and acts as a gentle sleep inducer. Traditional usage (TWM): anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, sedative.


Care Information


10 – 14 days at 65-75°F

Days to Maturity

60 – 65 Days


Light-dependent germinator (plant on surface or only very shallowly covered, so light can penetrate)
Transplant (recommended): Seeds should be started indoors in flats 4-6 weeks before transplanting out. Press seeds gently into the surface of the growing medium, but do not cover as they require light for germination. Mist to keep the soil surface moist. Keep flats at alternating temperatures of 68°F (20°C) during the day and 86°F (30°C) at night until germination. Transplant when seedlings are 1-2″ tall with 3-4 true leaves, as older seedlings do not transplant well. The final spacing should be 8″ apart in rows 18″ apart.
Direct seed: Direct seed as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Scatter the seeds in a narrow band and cover shallowly, as seeds require light to germinate. Keep moist until germination. Thin to clusters of 2-3 plants spaced 8″ apart in rows 18″ apart.

Soil Requirements

A fertile, well-drained, sandy loam.

Light Preference

Prefers full sun (6 hours of direct light or more)

Plant Spacing

8″ apart

Hardiness Zones



Edible Flowers: The flowers can be used to garnish salads, desserts, and drinks. Flavor is slightly sweet and of chamomile.
Medicinal: Chamomile is harvested during full bloom every seven to ten days for approximately a month. Flowers are picked by hand or raked by a blossom comb.


Chamomile is a tasty nervine that has calming effects on the nervous and digestive system. Chamomile is also an anti-inflammatory , a mild sedative, and bitter. It has anti-septic properties and is used topically in washes for skins, eyes, and mouth. The prized essential oil is often used in creams, oils, and salves.
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