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Pineapple Weed (Matricaria discoidea)

Range:

Identifying characteristics:

An annual herbaceous plant in the family Asteraceae. The plant grows from 2 to 16 inches high. The leaves are pinnately dissected, and when crushed, they exude a sweet chamomile/pineapple aroma. The flower head are produced from may to September, and are cone-shaped, composed of dense-packed yellowish-green corollas, and lacking ray-florets.

Habitat:

Disturbed areas, roadsides, yards, parks, along forest edges.

Parts Used:

Flower heads, leaves, stems

Uses:

Wild Food Uses:

The entire plant can be eaten raw, or as a cooked vegetable. The older plant can often become bitter. The plant makes an excellent herbal tea. The plant can be dried and powdered and sprinkled on meat to reduce spoilage and keep away flies.

The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.

Medicinal Uses:

Pineapple weed has historically been used to relieve gastrointestinal upset, fever, sores, and postpartum anemia.

Medicinal Actions:

Antipyretic, Aromatic, Astringent, Carminative, Febrifuge,

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Revised: 05/11/16 Living Afield