Red Butte Photo of the Day August 24, 2009

Submitted August 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Chamomile(Chamaemelum nobile)

Chamomile is a low-growing plant with finely divided leaves. The daisy-like inflorescence has yellow disk flowers in the center and silvery-white ray flowers surrounding them.

When crushed, the plant gives off a scent similar to apples or bubblegum.

Historically this plant has been used to relieve pain, including stomach pain, toothache and sore eyes. More commonly it is used as a mild sedative often in the form of tea.

It is sometimes known as Roman Chamomile or English Chamomile and was introduced to North America by early British settlers.

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