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White Buttons

Anacyclus clavatus

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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 Chamomile, 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, 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, roadsides, wasteland.

White, many petals
Daisy-like flowers with many white petals and a yellow centre.
The fruit is a broad-winged achene with no pappus.
The leaves are very unique and look similar to that of chamomile. Feathery and thread-like in appearance.
Other Names:
Atlas Daisy, Longwort, Pellitory-of-the-wall, Pusteni Targok, Pyrethrum, Vit Bertram, White Anacyclus, Whitebuttons.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Anacyclus clavatus, also known as pyrethrum or pellitory-of-the-wall, is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe and is commonly found in dry, rocky soils in the Mediterranean region. A. clavatus is a herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of up to 60 centimeters. It has long, narrow, green leaves and small, white or pink flowers that bloom in the summer. The plant is valued for its medicinal properties and has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including toothache, wounds, and skin conditions. It is also used as a food source and is an important habitat plant for a variety of wildlife species. A. clavatus is known for its ability to tolerate dry, sandy soil and is resistant to pests and diseases.


White buttons, also known as Anacyclus clavatus, are an attractive and low maintenance plant that belong to the family of composite plants. They are native to the Mediterranean and North Africa regions and have been cultivated for ornamental purposes in gardens and as a medicinal herb.

Physical Characteristics: White buttons are small perennials that reach a height of about 20cm. The leaves are greyish-green and finely divided. The flowerheads are composed of tiny white flowers arranged in a flat disc. The plant blooms from mid-spring to early summer, producing an abundance of flowers that add an attractive touch to the garden.

Cultivation: White buttons are low maintenance plants that thrive in well-drained soil and full sun. They are hardy and can tolerate moderate frost. When planting, it is important to provide adequate space between each plant to allow for proper air circulation and growth.

Medicinal Uses: In traditional medicine, white buttons have been used as a remedy for various ailments, including headaches, toothaches, and digestive problems. The plant contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, making it a useful herb for treating pain and swelling.

Ornamental Uses: White buttons are ideal for adding a touch of color and beauty to rock gardens, borders, and wildlife gardens. They are often planted in groups to create a dense and attractive display of white flowers. White buttons also make great cut flowers for indoor arrangements, providing a long-lasting addition to bouquets and vases.

In conclusion, white buttons are an attractive and low maintenance plant that are both ornamental and medicinal. With their delicate white flowers, greyish-green leaves, and ease of cultivation, they are a great addition to any garden or landscape. Whether you are looking to add some beauty to your garden or seeking a natural remedy for pain and swelling, white buttons are an excellent choice.

In addition to the above uses, white buttons have been used in cosmetic and skincare products due to their anti-inflammatory properties. The plant has been known to soothe skin irritations, reduce redness, and promote skin healing. As a result, it is often used in face masks, creams, and lotions.

It is important to note that while white buttons have been used in traditional medicine for many years, there is limited scientific evidence to support their effectiveness for specific health conditions. It is always advisable to consult a healthcare professional before using any new herbal remedies.

When it comes to growing white buttons, it is best to propagate them from cuttings, as they are difficult to grow from seed. They prefer well-drained soil and full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. In areas with hot climates, it is important to provide the plant with adequate shade to prevent the leaves from scorching.

It is also important to maintain good garden hygiene practices when growing white buttons. This includes regular removal of dead flowers, leaves, and debris to prevent the buildup of pests and diseases. Pruning the plant after flowering can also help promote healthy growth and encourage the plant to produce more flowers in future seasons.

White buttons are often grown in containers, which makes them ideal for small gardens and patios. They can also be grown in the ground, but it is important to ensure that the soil is well-drained, as the plant is susceptible to root rot in waterlogged soils. When planting in containers, it is best to use a high-quality potting mix and ensure that the container has adequate drainage holes.

When it comes to choosing a location for your white buttons, it is best to find a spot with full sun or partial shade, depending on the climate. In hot climates, the plant may need more shade to protect it from scorching. White buttons are hardy plants that can tolerate moderate frost, making them ideal for gardens in cooler climates.

In conclusion, white buttons are a versatile and attractive plant with many uses, from ornamental and medicinal to cosmetic and skincare. With their delicate white flowers, low maintenance requirements, and attractive greyish-green leaves, they are a valuable addition to any garden or landscape. Whether you are looking to add some beauty to your garden, soothe skin irritations, or seek natural remedies, white buttons are definitely worth considering.