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17/07/2014 at 14:15

Does anyone know if this is an edible plant or poisonous?  My mum always told me it was unsafe to pick as a child and I have carried on thinking this, as you do! Now I have been told it makes a lovely cordial!  I am a little confused as to its safety?

The same goes for a hedgerow plant she called mother die?  It looks very much like meadowsweet to me!  

Anybody heard these things before? :-/

Thank you

17/07/2014 at 14:26

I know pineapple weed, Matricaria discoidea, that's not poisonous. 

never heard of mother die but it sounds terminal

17/07/2014 at 14:30

Are you from Yorkshire, Bikerbabe? 

Take a look

17/07/2014 at 14:38

I'm glad I rely on the binomial system

There must be a dozen plants with the same name there pansy

17/07/2014 at 15:02

Mothers beware! if one doesn't get you, the others might.

17/07/2014 at 17:48

Mother-die is usually cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris. Like most umbellifers, I wouldn't eat it!

Pineapple weed is related to Chamomile and can be eaten, there are quite a few recipes out there.

17/07/2014 at 19:01

Out there is far enough

17/07/2014 at 19:27

Yes i use steeped tea with Pineapple weed for my partner. Its medicinal, just like Chamomile. You have to add your own chemicals after to get rid of weed.

17/07/2014 at 22:00

Yes I am from Yorkshire, Pansyface thank you for the link it explains it really well.

There are so many folklore stories associated with hedgerow flowers, its understandable how as children we took them so litteraly!

I spoke to my Mum about them again this afternoon and she is convinced they are poisonous  no amount of explaining would change her mind! I suppose at 86 she is unlikely to be swayed  I owe my love of gardening to her, bless her. 


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