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ANTHEMIS arvensis

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ANTHEMIS arvensis

Plant Common Name

Corn Chamomile, Field Chamomile

General Description

The beautifully feathery field chamomile is a Eurasian field weed that has invaded much of North America. From early to late summer, depending on the geographic location of the plant, pretty white daisies are produced. This sun lover is most commonly found in old-fields, disturbed lands and along roadsides.

Seedlings germinate in winter or early spring and ferny green to gray-green leaves cover the upright stems of growing plants. By summer loads of pretty white daisies with yellow centers are produced at the stem tips. Bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators visit the blooms and loads of seeds follow. These drop to the ground once heads are fully mature and dry, usually by late summer or fall.

Field chamomile is easy to weed from garden beds, just pull plants before they flower and set seed. Gardeners may be attracted to the pretty flowers it produces, but don't be fooled. It will self-sow prolifically in no time quickly becoming a garden pest.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes