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Helpful tip from The Garden Geeks: Know your chamomile before going to the garden center and be specific about the one you want. German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is an annual that grows 18 inches, and Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis or Chamaemelum nobile) is a low growing perennial, sometimes used as a ground cover. If your planning on making an herbal tea, remember that German chamomile has a sweeter taste and it grows better in clay soils. Harvest German chamomile flowers when the petals begin to bend backward and the center starts to turn brown.