Formerly known as M. chamomilla. Native to Europe, western Asia; naturalized in North America. Aromatic plant grows to 2 ft. tall and 112 ft. wide, with finely cut, almost fernlike foliage. White-and-yellow daisy-type flowers to 1 in. wide bloom in summer. Grows easily in ordinary soil; sow seed in late winter or spring. Valued for its herbal use: dried flowers are used in making the familiar, fragrant chamomile tea.
M. 'White Stars' is often sold as a selection of Tanacetum parthenium; it has an extended row of white outer petals. Chamomile sold as a walk-on ground cover is Chamaemelum nobile (Anthemis nobilis).