German chamomile is an annual plant, however, it self-seeds so readily, you might think it's a perennial. This chamomile is the annual herb used for making tea. German chamomile is a delicate looking plant that is surprisingly tough.
German chamomile is the best-known and most common form of the plant. Both the flowers and the leaves of the German chamomile plant are used for making tea. Harvest the chamomile flowers when they are fully open. They can be used fresh or dried and stored for later use. If you find the leaves make your tea a bit too bitter, leave them out and just harvest the flowers. Chamomile isn't great as a bedding plant. It tends to be too floppy and insignificant when paired with more formal and imposing plants. It can be used for underplanting in the herb or vegetable garden and is a good candidate for pots, where it’s easily accessible.