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Chamomile is definitely one of the most popular wild medicinal plants that can be eaten. The two main types are the more popular German chamomile and the lesser known Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Although they belong to different species, they are used to treat the same health ailments in herbal pharmacy. Both are used to calm frayed nerves, help in soothing various stomach problems, reduce muscle spasms, and to treat several skin conditions. The German variety grows in many countries.
Chamomile is an annual wild edible that is easily recognized by its tiny daisy-like flowers (measuring no more than 2.5 centimetres wide). For the German variety there is only one flower that grows on a solitary stem.
Chamomile flowers resemble daisy flowers, with white petals circling a cone-shaped yellow centre. Depending on conditions, these flowers bloom between May and October.
German chamomile leaves are fern-like light green and feathery whereas the Roman variety has finely divided parsley-like leaves that are thicker and flatter than their German equivalents.
Chamomile, depending on conditions, can grow to anywhere from 60 centimetres to 1 metre tall.
German chamomile does well in poor, clay soil whereas the Roman variety prefers well-drained and moderately fertile soil. Although both varieties thrive in open, sunny locations, Roman chamomile will not tolerate hot, dry weather. German chamomile will also grow in lightly-shaded areas.
The leaves and flowers are both edible but they differ in taste (the flowers have a slight apple taste). Both can be tossed into a salad or a mug to make a fresh herbal tea.
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