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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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07 August, 2016

Sea Mayweed: the sea chamomile

Sea mayweed (Tripleurospermum maritum) is a classic daisy in appearance. It is much larger then the lawn daisy, of course, but it has that yellow centre surrounded by an array of white petals. On the surface, very similar (and closely related) to scentless mayweed which is a very common flower of arable farmland but the fact that this grows near the sea on the upper reaches of the shoreline on sand or pebbles, often at the base of cliffs, that can be a pretty definitive guide to identification without resorting to a hand lens.
Not a common plant, more 'occasional', but you can easily find it at places like Ringstead, West Bexington, Worbrarrow, and Kimmeridge. It is also known as sea chamomile as when you crush the leaves there is a hint of the scent that one gets from its relative, chamomile. It has similar health properties to chamomile too being an effective skin soother and its antioxidant properties help to reduce skin inflammation
Sea Mayweed: the sea chamomile