mayweed


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mayweed

mayweed

A bad-smelling daisy-like flower. Although the whole plant is useable in small amounts, it may cause allergies or vomiting. It has high levels of pyrrolizidine, which damages the liver. Said to be used for colds, flu and headaches. Be careful. Safer to use externally.
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The prevailing conspicuous flowers at present [August 21] are the early golden-rods, tansy, the life-everlastings, fleabane (though not for its flower), yarrow (rather dry), hard-hack and meadow-sweet (both getting dry), also Mayweed, purple eupatorium, clethra, rhexia, thoroughwort, Polygala sanguinea, prunella and dogsbane (getting stale), touch-me-not (less observed), Canada snapdragon by roadsides, purple gerardia, horsemint, marsh speedwell, tall crowfoot (still in flower), also the epilobium and cow-wheat.
Weeds are a particularly bad problem in peas, the worst culprits being wild oats, lambsquarters, mayweed chamomile, and mustards.
Anthemis cotula (stinking mayweed, dog fennel) is also a skin sensitizer and this effect has been attributed to anthecotulide (1) (Hausen et al.
The next most frequent broad-leaved weeds identified by farmers were mayweed (infesting 86% of winter wheat), chickweed (infesting 82% of the crop), charlock (75% of the total crop), common field speedwell (69%), fat hen (68%), volunteer oilseed rape (68%), field pansy (65%) common poppy (60%), knotgrass (59%) and groundsel (58%).