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Matricaria discoidea - Pineapple Weed



Other Uses

Medicinal Uses



  • Artemisia matricarioides auct. non Less. [E-flora]
  • Chamomilla suaveolens (Pursh) Rydb. [E-flora]
  • Lepidanthus suaveolens (Pursh) Nutt. [E-flora]
  • Lepidotheca suaveolens (Pursh) Nutt. [E-flora]
  • Matricaria matricarioides [Turner&Kuhnlein][PCBC][E-flora]
  • Matricaria suaveolens (Pursh) Buchenau, non L. [E-flora]
  • Santolina suaveolens Pursh [E-flora]
  • Tanacetum suaveolens (Pursh) Hook. [E-flora]

General "Erect, multibranched, hairless" [WildPNW] Annual. [HNW][WildPNW] Up to 1 ft tall. [WeedsW]
Flowers "Flower heads 1 or many on 1-2 in. stalks." [WildPNW] "heads greenish-yellow;" [HNW] Ray flowers lacking.[WeedsW] "pineapple-shaped flower cones above the lacy pinnate leaves." [PSW] "disk flowers..., 4-toothed, 1.2-1.5 mm long".[IFBC] [E-flora]
Fruits "Achenes, veined, beakless..." [PCBC] "glabrous; pappus a short, membranous crown."[IFBC] [E-flora]
Leaves "Basal leaves usually withered by flowering time;"[PCBC] "leaves finely pinnately dissected;" [HNW] "stem leaves alternate...,1-3 times divided into short, very narrow segments."[IFBC] [E-flora]
Stem "stems leafy, usually branched".[PCBC2004]
Root from a fibrous root.[IFBC] [E-flora]
Properties A pineapple aroma [Seymour FNE] when crushed. [WeedsW]
Habitat "Pineapple weed specializes in hard-packed dirt." [Seymour FNE] Tolerant of trampling. [DPL Watts] Moist waste places. [WildPNW] "rarely solitary...Often found growing heneath the existing vegetation." [Seebeck BTWPC]
Range Common. [PCBC] common throughout BC.[IFBC] [E-flora] North America.[WeedsW][WildPNW] Europe. [WildPNW] Pacific States. [PSW] "It has also become common and naturalised in Britain [4]" [Wiki]
Status Native. [WeedsW][WildPNW]
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  • Analgesic. [Moerman NAEth]
  • Antiseptic (Tea) [Wildman]
  • Carminative. [Moerman NAEth][Wildman]
  • Laxative. [Moerman NAEth]
  • Nervine (Tea) [Wildman]
  • Tonic (Plant) [Moerman NAEth]
  • "It [flower tea] also has strong anti-bacterial properties and is reputed to have anti-inflammatory effects. "[Jones TDFB]


Essential Oil "The oil yield obtained by hydrodistillation was 0.1% (w/w) on dry weight basis." [Lopes&Kolodziejczyka]

  • myrcene (28.5% of essential oil) [Lopes&Kolodziejczyka]
  • (E)-β-farnesene (23.4% of essential oil) [Lopes&Kolodziejczyka]
  • germacrene D (6.8% of essential oil) [Lopes&Kolodziejczyka]
  • geranyl isovalerate (6.4% of essential oil) [Lopes&Kolodziejczyka]
  • (Z)-en-yn-dicycloether (8.1% of essential oil) [Lopes&Kolodziejczyka]
  • trans-β-farnesene [Arak et al.]
  • herniarin. (Coumarin)[Arak et al.]


"Don't be shy if you decide to transplant this herb. Dig one up during early spring, then stomp it into a hole with the heel of your shoe. The soil around the roots should be as tightly compressed as possible."[Ecoherb Tilford] "The plant favours the edges of inhabited areas and likes to pop up in compacted soil." [Jones TDFB]

Common Companion Herbs: "Yarrow, Mullein, Dandelion, Dock..."[Ecoherb Tilford]
Companion Plant: It's also reported a good companion plant for ailing flora. [Schofield]


"Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ. Germination should take place within 3 weeks." [PFAF]

Related Sp.


Family: << | Aster? | >>

Annual, sometimes aromatic. Stem: branched, erect or decumbent. Leaf: alternate, irregularly 2–3-pinnately lobed; segments linear; petiole short or 0. Inflorescence: heads radiate or discoid, 1–3; receptacle conic, epaleate; phyllaries in 2–3 unequal series, margins scarious. Ray flower: 0 or 10–25; ray white. Disk flower: many; corolla yellow, tubular, narrowed distally; anthers minute, tip ovate, base rounded or ± cordate; style short, branches truncate with bushy tips. Fruit: cylindric to obconic, gelatinous when wet (in California), 3–5-ribbed; pappus a narrow crown or 0.
7 species: Europe, Asia, North America. (Greek: womb, describing medicinal use) [Brouillet 2006 FNANM 19:540–542] Chamomilla nomenclaturally superseded by Matricaria. [Jepson]

Local Species;

  1. Matricaria discoidea - pineapple weed [E-flora][PCBC][TSFTK]
  2. Matricaria recutita? - wild chamomile [E-flora][PCBC]


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