Anthemis cotula L.
Anthemis cotula, commonly known as mayweed, stinking chamomile, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.
Anthemis cotula was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Anthemis cotula is a species in the genus Anthemis which contains approximately 222 to 315 species and belongs to the family of the Asteraceae (Aster Family). The type species of the genus is Anthemis maritima.
The plants reach heights of 15 to 35 centimetres.
Anthemis cotula is deciduous. The imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The linear leaflets are entire and sessile.
Flowers and Fruits
Anthemis cotula produces white many-stellate flowers from June to October.
The plants produce achenes.
Anthemis cotula is native to the whole of Europe, Turkey, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Caucasus, Iran, Iraq, North Africa and Ethiopia and is naturalized in North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be loamy, sandy-loamy or sandy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5).
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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