Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pineappleweed

  Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pineappleweed

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Pineappleweed

This week's Isles of Scilly wildflower of the week was  Pineappleweed - Matricaria Disoidea.

Pineappleweed is found on all the inhabited islands and Samson. It happily grows on bare earth, and in the centre and sides of tracks.It is a member of the Daisy family, but doesn't even bother with rays or petals.

It is usually a short plant unless it gets really good spot. It is often trodden on, or driven over, which doesn't improve it.

The botanical name, Matricaria discoidea, means a plant that is included in a group of species, which some or more, are used to treat female disorders. Matricaria means womb or mother and child. This particular plant was named after a first century AD physician. Traditionally it has been used as a medicine for a wide variety of disorders and as a component of pleasant smelling concoctions.

Pineappleweed is native to North-East Asia and got here in 1871 by way of North America. It then spread rapidly. It was thought that the treads of tyres along pre-tarmac muddy tracks was the key to its success.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new Wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.