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Pineapple Weed

Edible Edible Autumn Autumn Spring Spring Summer Summer

This plant can be found in tough environments and prefers to grow in poor, compacted soil.

Hedgerow Type
Common Name 2 May Weed
Common Name 3 Wild Chamomile
Latin Name Matricaria discoidea
Season Start May
Season End Oct
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

The leaves are pinnately dissected and have a feathery, chamomile like appearance.

Flowers

The flowers are daisy like but without white petals. There are very small stunted petals but they don’t last very long. The inner yellow/green corollas are dome shaped.

Habitat

Usually in poor, compacted soil around foot paths, field entrances, waste ground and road sides.

Possible Confusion

Chamomile and Mayweed but these are edible, the main identification of this plant is the strong pineapple smell.

Smell

Strongly of pineapple.

Taste

Sweet and like pineapple.

Frequency

Common around field entrances, paths or compacted soil.

Collecting

The flower heads are the best part of this plant and taste very like pineapple.

The leaves can be added to salads or nibbled as you are walking.

Medicinal Uses

Has been used to treat gastrointestinal upset, sores and fevers.

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