Chamaemelum Nobile, Wild Chamomile

Chamaemelum nobile has a strong, sweet scent, and is most easily recognisable from its leaves, which are narrower and more finely-divided, into shorter segments, than the similar species.

Common name:
Wild chamomile
Scientific name:
Chamaemelum nobile
Main flower color:
South England, mostly near the coast, and southwest Ireland
Up to 30 cm, though often prostrate, forming mats
Grassland, on sandy soils
Between 13 and 21 white ray florets around a hemispherical center of many yellow disc florets, each adjacent to a small scale. Phyllaries are in several rows, tightly pressed against the involucre, with a sparse hair covering. Phyllary margins are slightly lighter in colour. Flowerheads are around 2.5 cm across, and are solitary
Stalkless, up to 5 cm long, pinnately divided two or three times into thin, linear, pointed segments. Sparsely hairy above, hairless below
June to August