Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The False Chamomile

The false chamomile (Anthemis arvensis) is a plant of the composite family (Asteraceae). The species is native to southern Europe. Anthemis derived from anthemon that flower means and means arvensis "in the field where".

The species is quite widespread plant. The genus schubkamille differs from the genus chamomile (Matricaria), because in the flower head schubkamille stroschubjes occur. These are the membranes that are located between the tubular flowers.

The false chamomile has a faint smell unlike the stinking chamomile (Anthemis cotula). The plant is an annual, 30-60 cm tall and can flower from June to September. The flower has a white halo of ribbon flowers.

The false chamomile is fairly common in the provinces Utrecht, Gelderland and Noord-Brabant and in the Meuse valley. The plant grows on dry, nutrient-rich soil. So on cropland, but also along roads. The plant is a weed of arable land as seen.


See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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