Matricaria chamomilla

Family (Traditional)Asteraceae
Species:Matricaria chamomilla L.
Common NameChamomile
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Annual; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: Asia; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Fragrance: Yes; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Margins: lobed; Leaflet Number: 0; Anther Type: Basifixed; Base Flower Color: White; Base Flower Color: Yellow; Carpel Number/Pistil: 1; Fruit Complexity: Simple; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Cypsela; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Inflorescence Position: terminal; Inflorescence Types: head; Inflorescence Types: solitary; Ovary Position: Inferior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Ovules per Carpel: 1; Perianth Present: Yes; Petal Fusion: Yes; Petal Number: 5; Pistil Complexity: Simple; Pistil Number: 1; Placentation Type: Basal; Sepal Fusion: N/A; Sepal Number: N/A; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 5; Tepal Number: N/A
C value N/A
StatusNot Native
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Chamomilla chamomilla Chamomilla chamomilla (L.) Rydb.
Chamomilla recutita Chamomilla recutita (L.) Rauschert
Matricaria chamomilla var. coronata Matricaria chamomilla var. coronata (J. Gay) Coss. & Germ.
Matricaria chamomilla var. recutita Matricaria chamomilla var. recutita (L.) Grierson
Matricaria recutita Matricaria recutita L.
Matricaria suaveolens Matricaria suaveolens L.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Clinton (KY), Franklin (KY), Jefferson (KY), Jessamine (KY), Cheatham (TN), Lake (TN), Rutherford (TN), Shelby (TN), Wilson (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, MEM, MTSU, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1961 - 2009

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
APSC0024851 Cheatham Tennessee
Matricaria chamomilla
APSC0091282 Jefferson Kentucky
Matricaria chamomilla
MTSU022002 Wilson Tennessee Nathan D. Holburn
Matricaria chamomilla
MTSU022003 Rutherford Tennessee 23 Apr 1988 Melissa Arms
Matricaria chamomilla
31234100268265 Clinton Kentucky 23 May 1998 Mark A. Gorton
Matricaria recutita
TENN-V-0235090 Franklin Kentucky
Matricaria chamomilla
APSC0091443 Jefferson Kentucky
Matricaria chamomilla
31234100268083 Jessamine Kentucky 17 Jun 1961 Elizabeth M. Browne
Matricaria recutita
APSC0054433 Lake Tennessee 01 May 2009 Dwayne Estes
Matricaria chamomilla
MTSU022004 Rutherford Tennessee 02 May 1988
Matricaria chamomilla
MEM006263 Shelby Tennessee 30 Apr 1971 John E. Thompson Jr.
Matricaria chamomilla
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