Pineapple Weed (Matricaria matricarioides)

Annual
M. discoidea. DC. M. suaveolens. non L.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Pineapple Weed
Matricaria matricarioides
Compositae

The plant repels insects[172]. The dried flowers are used as an insect repellent[213].

  • Medicinal Use

    The flowering plant is antispasmodic, carminative, galactogogue, sedative, skin and vermifuge[9, 172, 222]. This plant is rarely used medicinally, though it is sometimes employed as a domestic remedy in the treatment of intestinal worms and also as a sedative[9]. The plant is harvested when in flower in the summer and is dried for later use[9]. Some caution is advised since some individuals are allergic to this plant[222].

  • Edible Use

    Flower heads – raw or cooked[172]. A tasty nibble[172].

    The dried flowers are used to make herb teas[172]. They are pineapple scented when steeped in hot water[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Some people are allergic to this plant[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring or late summer in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. The bruised or sun-warmed leaves emit the appealing odour of ripe apples[245].
N.E. Asia. An introduced and increasing weed in Britain.

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