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Common Name: Pineapple Weed
Matricaria matricarioides is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials
N.E. Asia. An introduced and increasing weed in Britain.
Waysides and waste places, especially along tracks, paths and by trampled gateways[
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in a sunny position[
The bruised or sun-warmed leaves emit the appealing odour of ripe apples[
Flower heads - raw or cooked[
]. A tasty nibble[
The dried flowers are used to make herb teas[
]. They are pineapple scented when steeped in hot water[
The flowering plant is antispasmodic, carminative, galactogogue, sedative, skin and vermifuge[
]. 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[
]. The plant is harvested when in flower in the summer and is dried for later use[
]. Some caution is advised since some individuals are allergic to this plant[
The plant repels insects[
]. The dried flowers are used as an insect repellent[
Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.