Pineapple Weed
(Matricaria matricaioides)

Martini
A Pictorial Portrait

Illustrations and photos by "Wildman," clipart from Clipart.com

This close relative of chamomile, which grows in sunny very poor soil, such as baseball diamonds and parking lots, has the same usesómake a tea with the leaves, flowers, and stems, and enjoy as a beverage, or to relieve nervous tension, stomach upset, and insomnia caused by stress.

Pineapple Weed, Drawing

Pineapple Weed

This small, pineapple-scented plant has fine, lacy leaves, and small, inconspicuous, globular, yellow-green flower heads.

Pineapple Weed Basal Rosette
Pineapple Weed Basal Rosette

Fern-like leaves emerge in early spring and fall, easily distinguished from similar-looking yarrow (another medicinal beverage) by their pineapple scent.

Pineapple Weed, Side View
Pineapple Weed, Side View

From the side, the lacy leaves make the plant look like a tiny Christmas tree.

Pineapple Weed in Flower
Pineapple Weed in Flower

The flower heads grow at the tips of the branches spring, summer, and fall.

Pineapple Weed Flowers
Pineapple Weed Flowers

The small, globe-shaped, yellow-green flower heads are composed of many tiny, tubular disk flowers bunched together, typical of the composite (daisy-sunflower-dandelion) family. Unlike related chamomile, there are no petal-like ray flowers.

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