Lawn chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile

Lawn chamomile - Chamaemelum nobile

Common Name: Lawn chamomile
Genus: Chamaemelum
Species: nobile

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for a rock garden

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained


  • Other features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies; chamomile is said to have healing properties

Forming a dense creeping mat of aromatic leaves which are topped with wonderful white, daisy-like flowers in summer.  This flowering chamomile is perfect for sunny, well-drained areas of the herb garden. A valuable medicinal herb, the flowers can be dried and used to make chamomile tea or potpourri.

  • Garden care: Gently firm the seeds into the surface of good seed compost and thin when large enough to handle, transplanting into individual pots or planting out into a well prepared seed bed. Alternatively sow direct and thin to 30cm (or 10-15cm if planting a lawn). Cutting back the plants will encourage bushier growth. When watering, it is best to give the plants a really thorough soak when the soil gets dry rather than applying a little water every day.

  • Sow: March-May

  • Flowering: June-August