It has a fresh apple scent when crushed and for this reason, Elizabethans planted Chamomile lawns and seats.Its decline has been caused by clearance of heaths, drainage of winter-wet grasslands, loss of pastures to arable fields, and reduced grazing on commons. .


Species information Statistics Height: up to 30cm Conservation status Classified as Vulnerable on the Vascular Plant Red Data List for Great Britain.Chamomile flowers from June to August and can be found along coastal cliffs, in grasslands and on commons.Chamomile has been used for many purposes: as a traditional medicine to treat colds; as an anti-inflammatory and calming agent; to make herbal teas and beers; and to help repel unwanted insects. .


Two of the species, Matricaria recutita, and Anthemis nobilis are commonly used to make herbal infusions for beverages.[3][4][5] There is insufficient scientific evidence that consuming chamomile in foods or beverages has any beneficial effect on health.[5] It is used to "upholster" chamomile seats, raised beds which are about half a meter tall, and designed to be sat upon.Chamomile tea is a herbal infusion made from dried flowers and hot water.[12] Unlike for tea, in which only the flowers are used, the whole plant has been used to make beers and ales, adding a bitter flavor component favored by craft breweries and homebrewers.The main constituents of chamomile flowers are polyphenol compounds,[8] including apigenin, quercetin, patuletin, and luteolin.The use of chamomile has the potential to cause adverse interactions with numerous herbal products and prescription drugs and may worsen pollen allergies.Chamomile consists of several ingredients including coumarin, glycoside, herniarin, flavonoid, farnesol, nerolidol and germacranolide.Despite the presence of coumarin, as chamomile's effect on the coagulation system has not yet been studied, it is unknown if a clinically significant drug-herb interaction exists with antiplatelet/anticoagulant drugs.Chamomile should not be used by people with past or present cancers of the breast, ovary, uterus, endometriosis or uterine fibroids.[4] Although oral consumption of chamomile is generally recognized as safe in the United States, there is insufficient clinical evidence about its potential for affecting nursing infants.Aphids have been observed feeding on chamomile plants and the moth Autographa chryson causes defoliation.In the No Doubt song Hey Baby, there's a line I'm just sippin' on chamomile sung by Gwen Stefani. .

Chamomile lawns / RHS Gardening

Grass has meristems (areas of cell division) at the base of the leaf from which growth arises, and thrive and thicken on mowing. .

Corn chamomile

Corn chamomile is a native annual, locally common on light arable land and waste places throughout the UK. .


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