Pineapple weed (Matricaria discoidea, Matricaria matricariodes), Wild chamomile, Disc mayweed
Main Facts about Pineapple weed
Pinapple weed has feathery leaves and round yellow flowers, which are raised and textured like rounded pencil erasers. It looks like chamomile without petals. Very short, usually no taller than a finger. Resembles a miniature bush. Pineapple weed smells nice and has actually been used as a natural perfume. Sweeter than chamomile. The flowers exude a chamomile/pineapple aroma when crushed.
Using Pineapple weedUses are similar to chamomile, which are reducing stress, anxiety, colds, fevers, stomach pains and cramps, diarrhea, gas, digestion. After giving birth, it’s used to to expel afterbirth and bring in mother’s milk. It can also be used as an insect repellent.
Caution!Some people are allergic to this plant, so try carefully.
Cooking with Pineapple weedTea can be made from whole plant, which can also be used as insect repellant. Flowers are edible and have been used in salads (although they may become bitter by the time the plant blooms). The entire plant can be used to repel insects.
How to grow Pineapple weedThe plant can be seen blooming on footpaths, roadsides, and similar places in spring and early summer. The preference is full sun, mesic conditions, and gravelly or compacted soil. Competition from taller plants is not tolerated for very long.
Pineapple weed Toxic Look-alikesMayweed chamomile or “stinking chamomile”, which is taller and smells bad when rubbed.