The name “chamomile” means “ground apple,” a name which arises from the apple scent of their small daisy-like flowers. Chamomile is one of the best known herbs and the use of its soothing and healing qualities dates back to the early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. For this reason, it is still a popular ingredient in tea today.
Chamomile has a feather-like quality to it, with its freely branching stems and tufts of leaves. Chamomile is a mat-forming herb and the daisy-like flowers appear in early summer. Chamomile is a good grower but note that it will reseed easily if left undisturbed.
Chamomile does poorly in extreme heat, though it does thrive in the mild winters of the South. As the southern climate can dry out the soil, chamomile’s ability to tolerate some drought is a benefit to southern growers. This delightful herb does very well in borders!