Corn Chamomile Anthemis arvensis

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
corn chamomile


Corn chamomile is a flowering plant known for its daisy-like appearance. It sports a central disc typically surrounded by white petals, which are often ray-shaped and spreading outward, giving the blooms a starlike form. The central disc is usually yellow and can be pronounced, contributing to the flower's characteristic look. Corn chamomile's leaves are finely divided and feathery, presenting a soft, almost lacy texture that can appear delicate when you observe the plant closely. The stems are green and might have a slightly hairy texture. Overall, this plant's beauty lies in its classic, simple shape that is reminiscent of the quintessential wildflower. It embodies a soft, understated charm in its naturally occurring habitats.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Corn Chamomile, Field Chamomile, Mayweed, Daisy.

    • Common names

      Anthemis agrestis, Anthemis arvensis subsp. cyllenea, Anthemis arvensis var. agrestis, Anthemis arvensis var. arvensis, Anthemis arvensis var. sterilis, Anthemis arvensis var. stridula, Anthemis arvensis var. suavis, Anthemis austriaca, Anthemis cotula, Anthemis grandiflorum, Anthemis hydruntina, Anthemis procurrens, Anthemis pseudocotula, Anthemis ruthenica, Chamaemelum arvense, Cota arvensis, Ormenis arvensis.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Corn chamomile (Anthemis arvensis) is not generally considered highly toxic to humans. However, it may be mildly irritating if ingested, potentially causing gastrointestinal upset such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The plant may also cause allergic skin reactions in some individuals when touched.

    • To pets

      Corn chamomile is also not typically considered highly toxic to pets. Nevertheless, ingesting this plant could cause mild gastrointestinal irritation in animals too, leading to symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. Pets with a particular sensitivity might also experience skin irritation if they come into contact with the plant. Always monitor your pet's health and consult with a veterinarian if they exhibit any adverse symptoms after ingesting unknown plants.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Anthemis arvensis, commonly known as corn chamomile, can attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies to the garden for pollination.
    • Erosion Control: The plant has a root system that can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
    • Ornamental Use: Corn chamomile produces attractive flowers that can be used in wildflower meadows or as a part of ornamental garden designs.
    • Wildlife Habitat: It provides shelter and habitat for various small insects and animals within an ecosystem.
    • Companion Planting: Corn chamomile can be planted alongside crops to attract beneficial insects or as part of a biodiversity mix on farms.
    • Drought Tolerance: This plant is relatively drought-tolerant, making it suitable for xeriscaping and low-water gardens.
    • Soil Fertility: It can play a role in crop rotation systems to help maintain or improve soil fertility.
    • Culinary Use: While not as commonly used as its relative, the Roman chamomile, the flowers and leaves may sometimes be used for flavoring in food.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Anthemis arvensis is traditionally used for its potential anti-inflammatory properties to alleviate skin irritation and inflammation.
    • Antispasmodic: The plant has been reported to possess antispasmodic effects which may help relieve muscle spasms and gastrointestinal discomfort.
    • Carminative: As a carminative, it may help with the relief of gastrointestinal issues such as gas and bloating.
    • Diuretic: It is suggested to have diuretic properties which might aid in increasing the passage of urine.
    • Emmenagogue: The plant is sometimes used as an emmenagogue to stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, potentially helping in menstrual disorders.
    • Sedative: Anthemis arvensis has been reported to have a mild sedative effect, which may be beneficial in cases of insomnia or anxiety.
    • Skin healing: It is traditionally used for promoting skin healing, especially in the case of minor wounds, cuts, or abrasions.
    • Antimicrobial: There are reports of antimicrobial activity that suggest it could be useful against certain bacteria and fungi.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Anthemis arvensis, commonly known as Corn Chamomile, can be used as a natural dye, with various parts of the plant yielding different shades on wool and textiles.
    • The flowers of Corn Chamomile can be dried and used in potpourri for their pleasant aroma and to add a touch of color to the mixture.
    • Corn Chamomile plants can attract beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and hoverflies, which can help control pest populations in a garden.
    • The plant can be used as a companion plant in agricultural settings, as it may deter certain pests from more valuable crops through its scent or by attracting natural predators.
    • Corn Chamomile can serve as a ground cover in some settings, helping to reduce soil erosion with its dense growth habit.
    • The robust nature of Corn Chamomile allows it to be used in phytoremediation efforts to help stabilize soils and reduce the impact of contamination.
    • The plant is sometimes used in floral arrangements, particularly wildflower bouquets, for its delicate and daisy-like appearance.
    • In some traditional practices, Corn Chamomile is used as a stuffing material for pillows and mattresses, believed to promote a soothing sleep environment.
    • Corn Chamomile's fibrous stems can be used as a natural source of biomass for sustainable fuel or material in crafting.
    • The seeds of Corn Chamomile can be added to bird feed mixes to provide a source of food for wild birds, thereby contributing to local biodiversity.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Corn Chamomile is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Corn Chamomile is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Innocence: Anthemis arvensis, commonly known as corn chamomile, often symbolizes innocence due to its delicate and simple white flowers that are reminiscent of a pure, unspoiled nature.
    • Purity: The clear white color of its petals is frequently associated with cleanliness and morality, serving as a representation of purity in various cultural contexts.
    • Patience: Corn chamomile is a hardy plant that can thrive in difficult conditions, which is why it is sometimes used to signify patience and the ability to endure challenging situations.
    • Simplicity: The unassuming appearance of corn chamomile with its modest blooms and its ability to grow in humble places often makes it a symbol of simplicity and contentment with little.

When soil is dry
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Corn Chamomile should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to become nearly dry before the next watering. Typically, this plant will thrive when watered once every week with one to two gallons of water, depending on the weather conditions and soil type. It's important to avoid overwatering, as Corn Chamomile is tolerant of some drought and does not like waterlogged soil. Deep watering encourages deeper root development, so ensure the water reaches down into the soil rather than just wetting the surface.

  • sunLight

    Corn Chamomile prefers full sun, thriving best in locations where it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Aim to place it in a bright spot where it will be exposed to the unfiltered light for the majority of the day. Avoid dense shade areas, as this could hinder the growth and flowering of the plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Corn Chamomile is capable of withstanding a wide range of temperatures but performs ideally in the range of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit and maximum temperatures well into the high 80s Fahrenheit. Maintaining an environment within these temperature ranges will promote healthy growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Corn Chamomile is generally done to maintain shape, encourage bushier growth, and remove spent flowers or dead foliage, which can promote further blooming. The best time to prune is just after a flush of blooms has started to fade, typically in mid-summer. Pruning can be performed as needed throughout the growing season to keep the plant looking neat.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Corn chamomile thrives in well-draining soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.5; a mix of loam, sand, and compost is ideal to ensure proper drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Corn chamomile is typically an annual and doesn't often require repotting; if grown in containers, refresh the soil yearly.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Corn chamomile prefers average humidity levels and does not require any special humidity adjustments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place corn chamomile in bright light and use well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Sow corn chamomile directly in sunny spot with well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Anthemis arvensis, commonly known as corn chamomile, begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in favorable conditions of moisture and temperature. After germination, the seedling emerges and develops a simple root system and cotyledons; this stage is critical for the plant's survival and establishment. As the plant grows, true leaves appear, and the corn chamomile enters a vegetative stage where it focuses on photosynthesis and root growth, forming a rosette. The next stage is flowering, during which the plant produces characteristic white-petaled daisy-like flowers with yellow centers, designed for pollination by insects. Following successful pollination, the flowers develop into fruiting heads containing seeds, completing the reproductive stage. Finally, the mature seeds are dispersed by various means, including wind and animals, to begin the life cycle anew in a different location.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The common name for Anthemis arvensis is Corn Chamomile. It is best propagated by seed. This plant's seeds are typically sown directly in the ground in the fall or early spring when the soil can be worked. To propagate Corn Chamomile by seed, one must scatter the seeds over prepared soil where there's full sun exposure. The seeds should be lightly covered with soil, a rule of thumb being to cover the seeds to a depth approximately two times their diameter. Since these seeds are quite small, that translates to a very fine layer of soil. After sowing, the area should be kept moist until germination which usually occurs in two to three weeks, depending on the temperature and moisture content of the soil.