Scientific NameAnthemis cotula
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This bushy plant is a summer annual, although it can be a winter annual with the right conditions. Germination takes place in early spring, with flowering occurring from late April through early September.
The alternate, slightly hairy, leaves are deeply divided and pointy. The leaves can grow from 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches in length, and when crushed, will emit a foul odor.
This plant is similar to pineapple-weed. Its leaves, however, are more finely divided, and when crushed, pineapple-weed releases a pineapple odor.
Flower Seed Head
The 2/3 to 1 1/3 inch flowers grow individually on long stems. Each flower is composed of two types of flowers, white ray flowers on the perimeter, and yellow disk flowers occurring in the center of the flower.
The seeds develop in achenes approximately 1.2 to 1.8 mm in length.
This plant can be found growing in waste grounds, although it will adapt to most conditions.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval