Stinking Chamomile - Mayweed
(Stinking Mayweed - Dog Fennel)
Anthemis cotula - Linnaeus
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright to ascending, hairy to smooth annual. Preferred habitat is roadsides, fields, waste sites and abandoned barnyards. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one part that is two or three times divided (bipinnate or tripinnate) with each segment being linear.

Flowers are terminal on long stalks; bisexual; symmetrical. Disc flowers are yellow; ray flowers are usually white and three toothed. Flowers occur in the spring and summersummer.

Fruit is a achene.

The plant is a native of Europe. It has been reported to cause skin irritation to some people. The common name ‘Chamomile’ refers to a plant from which chamomile tea is made (there is no relationship). A related species, A. arvensis, has large flower heads and grayish hairy stems but no odor.

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