Stinking Chamomile - Anthemis cotula


    Short to medium height plant which may be hairy or hairless. It is strongly scented and some say that the smell is unpleasant, hence the Common name. Leaves 2 to 3 pinnately lobed with somewhat fleshy linear segments. Flowerheads 13 to 30 mm, white with a yellow disk, the rays spreading at first but becoming reflexed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

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


    Arable land, waste places, farmyards and disturbed ground.

    When to see it

    Flowers May to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in England and Wales, rare elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce now and probably declining in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 82 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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