Matricaria matricarioides (Less.) Porter
Low-growing plants with finely divided foliage. Individual leaves are arranged alternately along the stem and are from 1/2 to 2 inches long. Each leaf is hairless and divided into many narrow segments (1 to 2 mm wide) that give off a "pineapple-like" smell when crushed. One or several flowers are produced at the ends of the stems on short flower stalks (peduncles). Individual flowers are cone-shaped, from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter. Flowers are greenish yellow in color. The smooth, hairless, branched stems, reach a maximum of 16 inches in height. It has a taproot with secondary fibrous roots. It flowers from May to October.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and
requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline)
soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil. It is found
Rocky open ground, pastures, waste ground,
disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads. It is native to
Western North America.
Flower heads may be eaten raw or cooked and are tasty when nibbles. The dried flowers are used to make herb teas which are pineapple scented when steeped in hot water.