Sunday, April 1

Chamomile: One Seed Chicago 2012 Candidate

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Sprays of petite daisy-like flowers are the most impressive characteristic of chamomile plants. This 'noble' herb's reputation as a medicinal plant has made it a favorite of cultures for thousands of years. The plant is in the family Asteraceae which include plants like marigolds, dahlias and zinnias.

Chamomile comes from the Greek "Chamomaela," meaning "earth/ground apple." The common name of chamomile is applied to a number of species, but that doesn't mean they can be used as an herbal tea.

Chamomile's history dates back at least as far as to the Ancient Egyptians, but it was probably used by people even earlier. In Spain is it known as manzanilla, another common name associated to the apple-like scent of the blooms. The Romans used it for incense and in beverages. In the Middle Ages it was used by Anglo Saxons in making beer. The Ancient Egyptians dedicated it to their gods because of purported healing properties, which is probably where it got it's reputation for treating various disorders and lower fever.

Where to Grow
Thinly sow seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Seeds sound be planted about 1/8 inch deep and provide a strong light source until plants are 2-3 inches tall. Seeds germinate in about 10-14 days. After acclimating plants to outdoor growing conditions transplant your plants into the ground or container about 4 inches apart. Outdoors, seeds should sown after all dangers of frost have passed and kept evenly moist until they germinate in a full sun location.

More Info

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  1. Another great choice. Love this plant.

  2. Fully agree!!! Love this plant as well



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