Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Chamomile

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Chamomile.

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Chamomile.

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Chamomile - Chamaemelum Nobile.

Chamomile grows in grassy places around the coast, playing fields and the airport. It is found on all the inhabited islands and on Annet in 2002. Bryher sometimes has flowers that are double headed.

Camomile is a white daisy flower with a yellow centre and very frothy leaves. Like the very similar Daisy it can carpet large areas. The smell is fantastic, even if, instead of the usual suggestion of apple, it reminds some people of bubblegum.

The botanical name, Chamaemelum Nobile, means ground apple, for the smell, and presumably noble or special.

Our Camomile is native and flourishes under the management of playing fields, ancient monuments and the airport. Just hang around the airport when they are cutting the grass.

Camomile was supposed to magically attract wealth. Gamblers used to wash their hands in Camomile tea before playing cards.

If you have plants struggling in your garden call in Camomile. It is known as the plant doctor. Pop it in the ground near your poorly plant and it will get better. Also water young seedlings with Camomile tea to stop them damping off. 

Camomile tea is incredibly popular as a aid to sleep, digestion, to lower stress and other benefits.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.