Scientific Name(s): Matricaria discoidea
What: flowers, leaves
How: raw, tea
Where: dry, abused soil such as dirt roads
When: spring, summer, fall
Nutritional Value: minimal
Whole pineapple weed plant.
Closeup of pineapple weed yellowish-green flowers.
Texas distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. The marked counties are guidelines only. Plants may appear in other counties, especially if used in landscaping.
USDA does not have records of this plant appearing Texas but I have seen it in Harris county.
North American distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Pineapple weed is an amazing plant which seems to thrive in abused soil such as dirt roads, driveways, and other dry/sandy soil. Yet a very calming tea similar to chamomile can be made from the plant.
The crushed plant can be rubbed on exposed skin as a weak insect repellent.
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