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Matricari - (Less.)Porter.

Common Name Pineapple Weed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards Some people are allergic to this plant[222].
Habitats Waysides and waste places, especially along tracks, paths and by trampled gateways[17].
Range N.E. Asia. An introduced and increasing weed in Britain.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Matricari Pineapple Weed


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Matricari is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

M. discoidea. DC. M. suaveolens. non L.

Habitats

Edible Uses

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].

Medicinal Uses

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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].

Other Uses

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

Cultivation details

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].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(Less.)Porter.

Botanical References

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