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Corn chamomile
(Anthemis arvensis)[1]
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Anthemideae
Genus: Anthemis
Type species
Anthemis maritima
  • Lyonnetia Cass.
  • Maruta (Cass.) Gray
  • Ammanthus Boiss. & Heldr. ex Boiss.

Anthemis is a genus of aromatic flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, closely related to Chamaemelum, and like that genus, known by the common name chamomile; some species are also called dog-fennel or mayweed. Anthemis are native to the Mediterranean region and southwest Asia east to Iran. A number of species have also become naturalized in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.[3][4][5][6]

There are around 100 species within this genus.[7]

Anthemis species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Orthonama obstipata (The Gem) and Bucculatrix anthemidella, a leaf-miner which feeds exclusively on Anthemis tinctoria.

Cultivation and uses[edit]

Several species and cultivars are available for garden use. A. punctata subsp. cupaniana and Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'[8] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[9]

Anthemis cotula
Anthemis tinctoria
Anthemis tomentosa


The following species are accepted:[10]


  1. ^ 1885 illustration from Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany
  2. ^ Flann, C (ed) 2009+ Global Compositae Checklist
  3. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, genere Anthemis includes photos and European distribution maps
  4. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 2: 893-896 in Latin
  5. ^ Tropicos, Anthemis L.
  6. ^ Flora of North America Anthemis Linnaeus
  7. ^ "How to Propagate and Grow Anthemis ?". Florist London. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  8. ^ "Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'". RHS. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  9. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Anthemis punctata subsp. cupiana". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Anthemis L." Plants of the World Online. Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 25 May 2021.