Roman Chamomile as a Lawn
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Lisa King
Posted on: August 31, 1998

I live on the sunshine coast of British Columbia, Canada. I would like to have Roman chamomile as a lawn instead of grass. I am looking for instruction on how and when to grow it and how much I would need. I noticed your plug tray and wondered if this would suffice? I am not sure of square footage of space I want to cover yet. Maybe I’ll order 10 grams of seeds instead. Advice please?

Roman chamomile makes a lovely lawn in a climate mild enough to have it overwinter reliably. It is hardy in zones 4 to 8 however some authors rate it zone 6 to 9. It will be hardier if it is grown in a well-drained, light soil and that could account for the difference in opinion. To establish your lawn, plant plugs on six inch (15 centimeters) centers. Direct seeding would work too. Use one gram per 10 square meters. If you raise your plants in a seed flat and transplant later, one gram should yield 1000 plants.

Of course to avoid mowing, I would suggest the English lawn chamomile. It won’t produce flower stalks that would have to be mown off eventually. One plug tray will cover about 2.5 square meters of lawn.

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