Plant ID forum: feathery fern type foliage with yellow flower?

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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jun 11, 2012 9:13 AM CST
I did not plant this and have never seen anything like it. It is in the middle of some portulaca, is it a weed? Thank you.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Jun 11, 2012 9:15 AM CST

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Pineappleweed (Matricaria discoidea)
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jun 11, 2012 9:18 AM CST
That was fast! Thanks Kent.
Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jun 11, 2012 9:25 AM CST
I looked it up to see if it has any redeeming qualities. Found this on Wikipedia: They are edible and have been used in salads (although they may become bitter by the time the plant blooms) and to make herbal tea. Pineapple weed has been used for medicinal purposes, including for relief of gastrointestinal upset, infected sores, fevers, and postpartum anemia.

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KentPfeiffer
Jun 11, 2012 9:37 AM CST

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The flowers never get particularly showy, but the leaves have a nice sweet smell when you crush them. It's not a bad plant to have around, at least not compared to many other annuals that volunteer in gardens.
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jun 11, 2012 9:43 AM CST
I just went out to crush some of it...yup nice scent...and flavor is okay too. I'll let it run its course but remove it before it can go to seed.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 14, 2012 6:16 PM CST
We have that stuff all over here. I pretty much ignore it; it looks kind of pretty and smells good and we have much nastier weeds to worry about!
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gardengus
Jun 19, 2012 7:18 AM CST
It seems to want to grow in the rock driveways where ever I have lived , I agree it is not an unpleasant weed so I just let it be.
It has never shown up in one of my gardens Shrug!
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