Wild Chamomile

Matricaria chamomilla

Family Compositae (Asteraceae)


Notable Features
Leaves: Alternate* leaves and stems very thin and fragile, light green and feathery. Very little leaf mass to each leaf—mainly the veins exist. If scraped or broken, a sweet pineapple scent is noticeable.
Flowers: Small, white, daisy-like flowers appear May through October in small clusters upon the stems.

Size/ Shape: A small plant growing no more than 1 foot (30 centimeters) in height.

Location on Campus

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Located in the wooded area behind the Charles River Apartments.

Uses
The flowers, once dried, make an excellent mild, golden tea.

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