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We just bought a chamomile plant at our Farmer’s Market here in Savannah, GA. Can you give me tips for in-ground planting?

Thanks, T.J.

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  1. Planting tips all depend on which type of chamomile you bought. Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a perennial growing 3 to 12 inches tall and is often used as an herbal ground cover. Plant this is full sun or partial shade about 1 foot apart as a lawn substitute or edging plant, or tuck between stepping stones. This lawn substitute can be mowed.

    The annual chamomile famous for herbal tea (via its dried flowers) is now simply called chamomile (Matricaria recutita), though a decade or two ago it was known as German chamomile. This tea chamomile grows to 2 feet high and 18 inches across. Plant this easy-to-grow annual in full sun.

    The flowers of both types can be used as herbal tea. The fragrance is stronger on the Roman chamomile, but Matricaria recutita will bloom with a profusion of flowers. For both types, enrich the planting hole with compost prior to planting and water the soil thoroughly. They tolerate most any soil as long as it's well-drained. Both types need only moderate to regular water to thrive. Happy gardening!

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