What is Camomile (Chamomile)?

Camomile, Latin name Chamaemelum nobile, is a perennial herb. It is only similar to grass, in that it can be used as ground cover and it does look much the same as a grass lawn. However, in most other respects, camomile is very different from grass –

  • Camomile has a delightful scent which has been described as “rich”, “sweet”, “fruity” and “apple-like”. It has a classic old world fragrance which is released by walking on the plants and is especially strong after rain.
  • Our low growing camomile does not need mowing which is ideal for people with small gardens who do not want to buy a lawn mower!
  • Unlike grass, camomile stays green in dry summers.

We grow two varieties of camomile (chamomile):

  • 'Treneague' (Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague') which never flowers and is very sweet smelling. As there are no flowers and therefore no pollen, for hayfever sufferers, a 'Treneague' lawn could take the sneezing out of summer!
  • Dwarf (Chamaemelum nobile dwarf) camomile which may have a few single, daisy-like flowers in late summer. It is slightly more vigorous than Treneague and the stems are a little longer and thicker. It also releases its fragrance when trodden on. We find it ideal for growing around plants, such as roses, or around water features, on graves or for edging paths. We recommend Dwarf where conditions are less favourable for Treneague, for example, if the soil is slightly alkaline or there is some shade. On very fertile soils, however, it may grow too vigorously!