Chamomile (Mayweed, Scented Mayweed, German Chamomile)

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  • Common Name: Chamomile (Mayweed, Scented Mayweed, German Chamomile)
  • Latin Name: Matricaria recutita, syn. Matricaria chamomilla
  • Family Name: Asteraceae/Compositae

Chamomile contains the chemical compound coumarin, which soaks up nitrogen in the form of nitrates from the soil and is also used to manufacture anticoagulant drugs.  Although eating a little of this plant will not harm your tortoise, it shouldn't be offered on a regular basis.

The flowers and form of the Chamomile, Scentless Mayweed, and Stinking Mayweed are similar.  The flowers of all three are daisy like, have white petals with yellow centres.  It can therefore be difficult to identify these plants with confidence. 

Chomomile or Scented Mayweed (as the name suggests) has a pleasant aroma if the leaves are crushed. 

Do not confuse with Scentless Mayweed, Pineapple Weed, or Stinking Mayweed.

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