...May Flowers - Pineappleweed
We've all heard the rhyme "April showers bring May flowers", but just what blooms in May?
Follow along as we post about a new flower every day in May, some familiar, some may be new, all beautiful in their unique sort of way!
This hearty, fragrant, resilient plant is one of my favorites to find in the summer. Growing in driveways, sidewalks, roadsides, and other waste areas it is quite abundant beginning this time of year growing all summer long.
Also known as wild chamomile, this plant, along with having a great scent, has beneficial medicinal properties as well. Most commonly made into a tea as a remedy for stress, it's also useful for pink eye, stuffy noses, upset stomaches, colic, flatulence, and itchy skin!
The plants flowers and leaves can be added to salads or eaten plain. Good as a tea.
The plant when bruised and rubbed on skin provides an effective insect repellant.
As with all foraged plants, be sure to pick from an area free of lawn chemicals and other toxins.
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Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.