Herb: Corn Marigold


Latin name: Chrysanthemum segetum


Family: Compositae



Edible parts of Corn Marigold:

Young shoots - cooked. Strongly aromatic, they contain coumarin. Caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
45 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
June to
August

Habitat of the herb:

A weed of lime-free arable land in Britain.

Propagation of Corn Marigold:

Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed usually germinates within 10 - 18 days at 15C. Autumn sowings succeed in mild areas.

Cultivation of the herb:

A weed of lime-free arable land in Britain.

Medicinal use of Corn Marigold:

None known

Known hazards of Chrysanthemum segetum:

One report suggests that the plant contains coumarin. If this is true it would be unwise to eat the leaves, especially if they are dried, since coumarin can prevent the blood from co-aggulating when there is a cut.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.