E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Anthemis arvensis L.
common chamomile (corn chamomile)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual, aromatic herb from a taproot; stems erect, leafy, simple or branched, hairy, 10-60 cm tall.
Alternate, 2 times divided into narrow, linear segments.
Heads solitary at ends of uppermost branches; involucres broad; involucral bracts in several rows, overlapping, firm, long-hairy, oblanceolate, with abruptly sharp-pointed tips; receptacles with papery scales throughout; ray flowers white, female and fertile, commonly 15-20, 7-13 mm long; disk flowers yellow, numerous.
Achenes quadrangular, 8- to 10-ribbed, the ribs smooth; pappus a minute crown or lacking.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadsides and disturbed areas in the lowland and montane zones; frequent in extreme SW BC, rare in SE BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Anthemis arvensis var. agrestis (Wallr.) DC.

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