Glebionis segetum

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Glebionis segetum
Glebionis segetum 1.jpg
Scientific classification
G. segetum
Binomial name
Glebionis segetum
(L.) Fourr.
  • Chamaemelum segetum (L.) E.H.L.Krause
  • Chrysanthemum holophyllum Pau
  • Chrysanthemum laciniatum Gilib. nom. inval.
  • Chrysanthemum segetale Salisb.
  • Chrysanthemum segetum L.
  • Chrysanthemum umbrosum Willd.
  • Chrysanthemum welwitschii Sch.Bip. ex Nyman
  • Leucanthemum segetum (L.) Stankov
  • Matricaria segetum (L.) Schrank
  • Pinardia segetum (L.) H.Karst.
  • Pyrethrum segetum (L.) Moench
  • Pyrethrum umbrosum (Willd.) Boiss.
  • Xanthophthalmum segetum (L.) Sch.Bip.
  • Xantophtalmum segetum (L.) Sch. Bip.
Chrysanthemum segetum.jpg

Glebionis segetum (syn. Chrysanthemum segetum) is a species of the genus Glebionis, probably native only to the eastern Mediterranean region but now naturalized in western and northern Europe as well as China and parts of North America.[2][3][4] Common names include corn marigold and corn daisy.

Glebionis segetum is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall, with spirally arranged, deeply lobed leaves 5–20 cm long. The flowers are bright yellow, produced in capitula (flowerheads) 3.5-5.5 cm in diameter, with a ring of ray florets and a centre of disc florets.[5]

Glebionis segetum is widely naturalised outside of its native range, colonising western and central Europe with early human agriculture; it can be an invasive weed in some areas.

Glebionis segetum was formerly treated in the genus Chrysanthemum, but under a 1999 decision of the International Botanical Congress, that genus has been redefined with a different circumscription to include the economically important florist's chrysanthemum (now Chrysanthemum indicum).

The corn marigold appears to have been a serious weed during the 13th century in Scotland, as suggested by a law of Alexander II which states that if a farmer allows so much as a single plant to produce seed in amongst his crops, then he will be fined a sheep.[6]

In Crete and Greece, the leaves and the tender shoots of a variety called neromantilida (νερομαντηλίδα) are eaten raw in salads or browned in hot olive oil by the locals.[7]


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  2. ^ Altgervista Flora Italiana, Glebionis segetum (L.) Fourr. includes photos and European distribution map
  3. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  4. ^ Flora of China, Glebionis segetum (Linnaeus) Fourreau, 1869. 南茼蒿 nan tong hao
  5. ^ Flora of North America, Glebionis segetum (Linnaeus) Fourreau, 1869. Corn marigold
  6. ^ Dalrymple, Sir David (1776). Annals of Scotland. Pub. J. Murray. London. P. 338 -339.
  7. ^ Kleonikos G. Stavridakis , Κλεόνικος Γ. Σταυριδάκης (2006). Wild edible plants of Crete - Η Άγρια βρώσιμη χλωρίδα της Κρήτης. Rethymnon Crete. ISBN 960-631-179-1.