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Corn Chamomile

Anthemis arvensis

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mountain Everlasting, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Treasureflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White African Daisy, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, roadsides, seaside, wasteland.

White, many petals
Large, daisy-like flowers, between 2 and 4cm in diameter. Green bracts. Pollinated by flies and beetles.
The fruit is a plumeless achene. The seeds ripen in July and August.
Corn Chamomile has divided leaves with thread-like leaflets. The leaflets are broader than the other similar looking species, as listed on this page. Annual.
Very faintly aromatic.
Other Names:
Field Chamomile, Mayweed, Scentless Chamomile.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Other Information


Anthemis arvensis, also known as corn chamomile or mayweed, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to other parts of the world as a weed. The plant is known for its small, white flowers and finely divided leaves. It grows well in a variety of habitats, including fields, gardens, and waste areas. Anthemis arvensis is a herbaceous plant that can grow up to 1 meter in height. It is commonly found in disturbed areas and is considered an invasive weed in some areas. The plant is used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments.


Corn Chamomile (Anthemis arvensis) is an annual herb native to Europe and Asia that has been widely used in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties. This plant is commonly found in cultivated fields, waste areas, and roadsides.

Botanical Characteristics: Corn chamomile has bright yellow, daisy-like flowers that bloom from June to September and feathery leaves that grow on a stem about 30-60 cm tall. The plant reproduces through seeds that are produced in large quantities, which makes it an invasive weed in some areas.

Medicinal Properties: Corn chamomile has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to treat a wide range of health problems. The plant contains compounds that have antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, making it useful in the treatment of digestive problems, headaches, and menstrual cramps. The plant's oil is also used to treat skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis.

Usage: Corn chamomile can be consumed as a tea by steeping dried flowers or leaves in hot water for several minutes. The plant's essential oil can also be used in aromatherapy to treat various health problems. Corn chamomile can also be found in various topical creams, lotions, and ointments used to treat skin conditions.

Safety Concerns: Although corn chamomile is considered to be safe for most people when used in moderation, it is important to use caution when using the plant's essential oil or taking it internally. The oil can cause skin irritation and should not be used undiluted. Pregnant women and people with allergies to plants in the daisy family should also avoid using corn chamomile.

In conclusion, corn chamomile is a versatile plant with a long history of medicinal use. Its natural properties make it a useful remedy for a wide range of health problems, but it is important to use caution and consult a healthcare professional before using it.

Cultivation: Corn chamomile can be easily grown from seed and is well suited to most soils, including poor and sandy soils. The plant prefers full sun, but can also grow in partial shade. It is important to keep the soil moist and well-drained, and to water the plant regularly, especially during dry spells. To control the spread of the plant, it is recommended to deadhead the flowers after they have finished blooming.

Traditional Uses: Corn chamomile has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and has been valued for its medicinal properties by many cultures, including the ancient Greeks and Romans. The plant was used to treat digestive problems, headaches, and menstrual cramps, and was also believed to have a calming effect on the mind. In folk medicine, the plant was used to treat wounds and skin conditions, and was also used as a remedy for insect bites and stings.

Modern Research: Modern research has confirmed the medicinal properties of corn chamomile, and the plant is now widely used in alternative medicine. Studies have shown that corn chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, making it effective in the treatment of digestive problems and menstrual cramps. The plant's essential oil has also been found to have antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it useful in the treatment of skin conditions.

In conclusion, corn chamomile is a versatile plant with a long history of medicinal use. Its natural properties make it a useful remedy for a wide range of health problems, including digestive issues, headaches, and skin conditions. While it is considered safe for most people when used in moderation, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before using it, especially for medicinal purposes. With its ability to grow easily in most soils and its attractive yellow flowers, corn chamomile is also a valuable addition to any garden.

Alternative Uses: In addition to its medicinal properties, corn chamomile has several other uses. The plant is often used as an herbal remedy for animals, including horses and cattle, to treat digestive problems and other health issues. The dried flowers and leaves can be used as a natural insecticide, as they contain compounds that repel insects and parasites.

In aromatherapy, corn chamomile essential oil is used to promote relaxation and reduce stress. It is also commonly used in perfumes and cosmetic products for its fresh, floral scent. The plant's flowers can be used as a natural dye, and its oil is sometimes used in the production of soaps and other personal care products.

Culinary Uses: Corn chamomile has a few culinary uses as well. The young leaves and flowers of the plant can be used in salads, and the flowers can also be used to decorate dishes and desserts. The plant's essential oil is sometimes used as a flavor ingredient in liqueurs and other alcoholic beverages.

In conclusion, corn chamomile is a versatile plant with a range of uses beyond its medicinal properties. Its attractive yellow flowers and ease of cultivation make it a valuable addition to any garden, while its natural properties make it useful in the treatment of a variety of health problems. Whether used for medicinal purposes, aromatherapy, or as a natural insecticide, corn chamomile is a versatile plant that has earned its place in the world of herbal medicine.

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