Scented Mayweed - Matricaria chamomilla

    Alt Name
    Matricaria recutita

    A short to medium aromatic plant. Stems ascending to erect, branched. Leaves alternate feathery. Flowerheads white, with a yellow, conical hollow disk 10 to 25 mm solitary on long stalks, rays soon downturned after the flower opens.

    Identification difficulty

    Cultivated land, especially arable fields, waste and disturbed ground.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout England except the South West, scarcer elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 291 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map