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Scented Mayweed

Matricaria chamomilla

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Daisy-like flowers, smaller than Scentless Mayweed, up to 2.5cm. Greenish-white bracts which often fold backwards to give the flower the look of a shuttlecock. Hole inside the flowerhead.
Fruit:
Elliptical, 4 to 5 ridged, long achene (seed).
Leaves:
Alternate, feathery leaves. Pinnate. Smooth, thread-like leaflets. Short-stalked or not stalked at all.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The flowers can be dried and used to make chamomile tea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Scented when crushed between the fingers but more noticable on warm, dry days.
Other Names:
German Chamomile, Wild Chamomile.
Habitats:
Farmland, lawns, roadsides, wasteland.