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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]

Illustration Anthemis arvensis0.jpg
Corn chamomile
(Anthemis arvensis)[1]
Scientific classification

Type species
Anthemis maritima L.

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 usesEdit

Several species and cultivars are available for garden use. A. punctata subsp. cupaniana has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[7]



  1. ^ 1885 illustration from Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany
  2. ^ a b 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. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Anthemis punctata subsp. cupiana". Retrieved 25 May 2013.

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