Matricaria recutita L.
wild chamomile (German chamomile; sweet false-chamomile)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Robert Flogaus-Faust     (Photo ID #64109)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Matricaria recutita
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Species Information

Annual aromatic herbs from a fibrous root; stems erect, simple, branched, glabrous, 8-20 cm tall.
Basal leaves soon deciduous; stems leaves alternate, 1-3 times divided into short, linear-threadlike segments, 2-6 cm long, glabrous.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, several, mostly terminal on the upper branches; involucres 2.5-3 mm tall; involucral bracts subequal, mostly oblong, obtuse or rounded at the tips, with a broad, papery margin; ray flowers white, 10-22, 4-10 mm long; disk flowers yellow, many, about 1 mm long, 5-toothed; receptacles narrowly conic, 3.5-4 mm tall.
Achenes asymmetric, 1.5-2 mm long, smooth except for 5 narrow, winglike ribs; pappus lacking or sometimes a minute, short crown.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Matricaria recutita

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
5 5 5
Slope Gradient (%)
40 40 40

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

359 359 359
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in


Habitat and Range

Dry roadsides and disturbed areas in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from the lower Fraser Valley; introduced from Europe and N. Asia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Chamomilla chamomilla (L.) Rydb.
Chamomilla recutita
Matricaria chamomilla
Matricaria chamomilla var. coronata (J. Gay) Coss. & Germ.
Matricaria suaveolens L.