Dogfennel (Anthemis cotula)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self

credit: John Cameron

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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 17, 2015 8:04 PM

In the book, "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana, she gives the common names as Mayweed and Chamomile. She notes that they bloom in midsummer and look very similar to the common daisy. However, she says you can tell the difference because this plant has "smaller heads, with the yellow disk-flowers crowded upon a receptacle which is much more conical than that of the daisy." It can also be differentiated by the finely dissected, feathery leaves. As for medicinal use, she adds that the country folk brew "chamomile tea" from the leaves, "and through their agency raise painfully effective blisters in an emergency."

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