The tiny daisy-like flowers have a strong, aromatic smell, and bloom in early to mid summer. They have white collars circling raised, cone-shaped, yellow centers and are less than an inch wide, growing on long, thin, light green stems up to 3’ tall. Also known as wild chamomile, Hungarian chamomile, pineapple weed and scented mayweed.
The use of chamomile dates back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. It is native to Europe, north Africa, and some parts of Asia.
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is completely different than Roman or English chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Both are one of the most widely used flowers for calming herbal teas, to treat digestive disorders, to relieve muscle spasms, and to treat a range of skin conditions.