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Pineapple Mayweed

Matricaria discoidea

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small yellowish-green, globular. No petals but 12-15 petal-like ray florets.
Fruit:
The flowers get lots of small brown seeds on them later in the year. The seeds (achenes) are light brown with 3 to 4 ridges on them.
Leaves:
Feathery and deeply cut, resembling miniature fern leaves. Alternate along the stems and up to 2 inches long. The leaves have got perhaps a few sparse hairs on them, but usually they are pretty much hairless.
Maximum Size:
35cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The bitter-tasting flowers are edible, raw and cooked. They are good for making herbal tea. Some people are allergic to Pineapple Mayweed.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowerheads smell very strongly of pineapple when crushed between the fingers.
Other Names:
Disc Mayweed, False Chamomile, Pineapple Weed, Rayless Chamomile, Rayless Mayweed, Wild Chamomile.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, lawns, roadsides, wasteland.