This post features Pineapple Mayweed (Matricaria discoidea). I thought this plant got its name from the appearance of the flower which has no circle of petals but only the hump of yellow in the middle. It turns out that it is the intense smell of pineapple when the plant is crushed that gives the name to the plant.
Over the summer months I have been watching the way that an uncultivated strip of ploughed chalky soil at the edge of a large maize field has been colonised by wild plants in my village of Charlton Down in Dorset. The Common Poppies first attracted me to the area. Then I began to notice all the other arable weeds. many different species, not all as spectacular as the poppies but none the less interesting.
It has been a voyage of discovery although on a minor scale. I find it all fascinating even if others might scoff and say it is just a bunch of untidy weeds. I think how wonderful that this small area has been left to nature for biodiversity’s sake. It has been a haven for all sorts of insects and birds, not to mention the rabbits and foxes which I know frequent the site from their tracks and droppings.
This Field Margin Flowers series presents images, not only of individual plant types, but also of whole assemblages of plants. You can click on any image to enlarge and see the details.