Anthemis arvensis is an annual or biennial herb, to 50 cm tall, roots shallow fibrous from a very short tap-root, plant finely hairy, several stems from base, branched above, not ill-scented.
Leaves alternate, 2-3 times pinnate, 2-5 cm long, hairy, midrib narrowly winged, segments finely cut, narrow.
Flowers in heads subtended by bracts, daisy-like, ray flowers white about 1 cm long; disk about 1 cm wide, flowers yellow, numerous, fertile; heads solitary at ends of stems, bracts in several series, hairy, parchment-like along margins, May-June.
Fruit dry, 4-sided; 1-seeded (achenes). Eaten by birds.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Habitat: Open areas, fill, roadsides bare soil.