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Matricaria matricarioides - (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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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Matricaria matricarioides Pineapple Weed


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Matricaria matricarioides 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.

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Synonyms

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

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers
Edible Uses: Tea

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].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antispasmodic  Carminative  Galactogogue  Sedative  Skin  Vermifuge

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].

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Other Uses

Repellent

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

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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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

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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Readers comment

Markus Eymann   Mon Sep 8 2008

I have found that this plant (pineappleweed) is very useful for treating older (3-4 days or more) wounds that are slow to heal. I make a strong tea, allow it to cool, apply it to the wound, allow it to dry, then repeat. A single application is usually enough. I have used it on myself and other people, on infected scraps, shallow cuts, and deep cuts, including surgical incisions. Most people comment on an immediate sensation of relief, there are visible signs of healing within a day, healing is complete in three days to one week.

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