Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wild Chamomile

People are always surprised when I point this out to them.  I pick a sprig, warm it in my hand and have them smell the wonderful scent.  "What is that? Where do you get it?"

It's a very common plant that you can probably find growing in your alley or alongside an unpaved road.  You step on it all the time and don't even know what a special little plant it is. It's pineapple weed or wild chamomile.  I pick it when it gets around 6-8 inches high, either rinse off the roots or cut them, and place them in a jar for a wonderful scent in the room.  Sometimes I gather it and wash it very carefully, hang it to dry and use it in my potpourri.  I want more next year so I'm careful not to pick all of it in one area.

When you're out walking keep your eyes open for this unassuming little plant.  Let me know what you think.  I love to share it with others.                      Diane


Pondside said...

It's growing everywhere here, so I think I'll do as you suggest and then I'll let you know how it goes. I like chamomile tea - is it the same thing?

Name: Amanda said...

It's definitely more common there than here. I LOVE it. It remindes me of home, and you rubbing it in your hands and making me smell it :) I love you! Bean

June said...

Hey I learned something Diane. I think I will go searching tomorrow for this plant.
I love your little cottage and I'm sure that you will think of just the right way to tweak it.

Laurie said...

I've never seen this before in the wild Diane, but the smell is sooo good!

Jane said...

I never realized it was so common. Makes a terrific tea!


Ruth's Photo Blog said...

We have these around and I remember them from my childhood.What is new to me is that you use them to add fragrance to a room.I must try that.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Diane, I had NO idea.... I'm one of those people who have probably stepped on it.... Goodness Gracious--I need to pay more attention to the little plants around me....

Have a great 4th of July. God Bless America.

Jayne said...

I don't know that I've ever seen it either. Fascinating Diane!