Pineapple Weed

Scientific Name(s): Matricaria discoidea
Abundance: uncommon
What: flowers, leaves
How: raw, tea
Where: dry, abused soil such as dirt roads
When: spring, summer, fall
Nutritional Value: minimal

Medicinal Summary: sedative (tisane)

Leaf Arrangement: The leaves are arranged alternately along the stem.

Leaf Shape: The leaves are finely divided, feathery, and almost fern-like, typically measuring about 1 to 3 inches in length.

Leaf Venation: The venation is not distinctly visible due to the finely divided nature of the leaves.

Leaf Margin: The margins of the individual leaf segments are entire or slightly toothed.

Leaf Color: The leaves are a bright green color.

Flower Structure: The flowers are small, clustered in dense, flat-topped heads. Each head resembles a single flower but is composed of numerous tiny florets.

Flower Color: The florets are yellowish-green, lacking the white petals typical of many other daisy family members.

Fruit: The plant produces a small, dry, one-seeded fruit known as an achene.

Seed: The seeds are tiny, ridged, and brown.

Stem: The stem is erect, branched, and can be smooth or slightly hairy.

Hairs: There may be fine hairs present on the stem and leaves.

Height: Matricaria discoidea typically grows to a height of 6 to 18 inches.

Pineapple weeds.

Whole pineapple weed plant.

Closeup of pineapple weed yellowish-green flowers.

Pineapple weed is an amazing plant which seems to thrive in abused soil such as dirt roads, driveways, and other dry/sandy soil. A very delicious and 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.

USDA does not have records of this plant appearing Texas but it can be grown here from seeds.

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