Matricaria discoidea DC.
Pineapple Weed, Pineapple Chamomile, Wild Chamomile, Disc Mayweed, False Chamomile, Rayless Chamomile, Rounded Chamomile
Matricaria discoidea subsp. discoidea, Akylopsis suaveolens, Anthemis inconspicua, Cenocline pauciflora, Chamomilla discoidea, Chamomilla suaveolens, Chrysanthemum discodes, Matricaria graveolens
Bloom Time: March to September
Matricaria discoidea is an annual plant with a cone-shaped flower head, composed of dense-packed yellowish-green corollas, and lacking ray-florets. The leaves are pinnately dissected and sweet-scented when crushed. The plant grows up to 16 inches (40 cm) high. Flowerheads are produced from March to September.
How to Grow and Care
You can grow Chamomile herb in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 to 9. Chamomile grows best in cool conditions and should be planted in part shade but will also grow in full sun. The soil should be dry. Once your Chamomile is established, it needs very little care. Like most herbs, it grows best when it is not fussed over. Too much fertilizer will result in lots of weakly flavored foliage and few flowers. Chamomile is drought tolerant and only needs to be watered in times of prolonged drought.
Plant Chamomile in the spring from either seeds or plants. It's easier to establish Chamomile herb in your garden from plants or divisions than from seeds, but growing Chamomile from seed is also relatively easy.
For the most part, Chamomile is not affected by many pests. It is often recommended as a companion plant to plant in the vegetable garden as its strong scent often keeps pests away. See more at How to Grow and Care for Chamomile Herb.
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