Austrian Chamomile - Anthemis austriaca

    Alt Name
    Cota austriaca
    Description

    In common with other mayweeds, this chamomile has a daisy like compound flower head and leaves that are finely divided although in this species the leaves are slightly more robust than in our more common mayweeds, they are also neat and uniform in appearance. It can easily be mistaken for the very similar Anthemis arvensis; however, on closer examination it can be identified by its neater, more regularly lobed leaflets and by the scales present on the back of the flower head. In Anthemis arvensis these remain pliable as the flower dies and the seeds ripen but in this species they stiffen giving the seed head a slightly prickly feel.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    This species found its way into wild flower mixtures and will usually be found in sown areas.

    When to see it

    Flowering occurs from early June into late September.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Few British records for this species at present, although that is likely to change due to its use in wild flower mixtures.

    VC55 Status

    Still an uncommon species in Leicestershire and Rutland although this may change with the use of seed mixes. It was first recorded in VC55 at Watermead in 2009.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map