Corn Chamomile - Anthemis arvensis, click for a larger image
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Corn Chamomile - Anthemis arvensis
Family - Asteraceae
Also known as - Mayweed

Chamomile is an annual Daisy like plant with a compound flower head and finely divided leaves.  Flowers are a compound capitulum 2-4cm (0.8-1.6in) across with a dense yellow centre, twelve white ray florets with toothed ends and five stamens, visually it looks similar other Daisies and Mayweeds.  It can be found in western and central Europe, it is an introduced and widespread plant in the Americas, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, it is also widely used as an ornamental plant.

Used as a primary planting in wildflower meadows whilst perennial plants are establishing as it requires soil disturbance in the autumn when the seeds drop to help it regrow.  Growing to 30-50cm (12-20in) on thin short haired stems it flowers from early June into late September in Field margins, hay fields, roadsides, landfill and disturbed waste ground with a preference for light chalky or sandy soils.

FBCP do not advise or recommend that Corn Chamomile - Anthemis arvensis is eaten or used as an herbal remedy.

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