Chamomile is an age-old medicinal herb known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Chamomile's popularity grew throughout the Middle Ages when people turned to it as a remedy for numerous medical complaints including asthma, colic, fevers, inflammations, nausea, nervous complaints, children's ailments, skin diseases ... As a popular remedy, it may be thought of as the European counterpart of the Chinese tonic Ginseng.
Perennial, in common use at one time and once again
returning to favour for making Chamomile lawns and
walks, the interest in which is now reviving.
Lawns and paths made from the single-ﬂowered Chamomile
need exactly the same treatment as grass, i.e. fortnightly
mowing and rolling. Double Chamomile should be cut
with the shears once in the season and this is best done
in May when the ﬂower stalks begin to grow lanky, as
shearing down the plants encourages mat-like growth.
Chamomiles succeed on any soil, but both the single
and double forms need to be kept scrupulously free of
The double Chamomile is usually starred with small white
ﬂowers all through the season and this adds to its attraction. Propagate in spring or autumn by division of roots, and, in
planting out for a lawn or path. allow one plant to every
square foot, as they spread rapidly.