Corn Marigold - Glebionis segetum


Short to tall greyish hairless plant. Stems erect, branched or unbranched. Leaves oblong, alternate deeply and sharply toothed. Flower heads yellow, 35 to 55 mm, large and Daisy like with strap shaped rays and a flat disk.

Similar Species

Yellow Chamomile (Anthemis (Cota) tinctoria) may be found as a garden escape, but has finely divided lobed leaves.  There are several other yellow flowered daisies that may be naturalised or casual, and specimens should be keyed out using Stace (4th edition)

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

The leaves are glaucous, slightly toothed to deeply lobed, the upper usually less than halfway to midrib

Recording advice

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


Arable land and preferring light soils, disturbed ground.  Often included in cornfield annual wildflower seed-mixes, and may persist for a while.

When to see it

June to October

Life History


UK Status

Locally frequent and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 73 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte); scarce.

It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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