Ananas comosus
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Ananas comosus


  family bromeliaceae 
  genus ananas 

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Genus  Ananas Species  comosus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  pineapple Family  BROMELIACEAE Specimen number  S8673 Data source  DyePl p45;GrUnFr p277;MedPl p165
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  4' - 5' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Ananas comosus have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Green is the most typical color produced by Pineapple. Pineapple has been used in Thailand for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  uterine tonic   carminative   laxative   diuretic   digestive tonic   emmenagogue Medicinal parts  Fruit   Juice   Leaves Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is oblong 6 to 9 inches long, 4 to 5 inches in diameter, with a brown and yellow scaly exterior and a yellow flesh. It is very juicy and acidic. Ananas comosus is typically used as juice. Pineapple is most frequently used fresh. This plant has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as a uterine tonic, as a carminative, as a laxative and as a diuretic. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. The fruit as well as the juice and the leaves are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  green
Propagule  Suckers Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Juice Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts oblong 6 to 9 inches long, 4 to 5 inches in diameter, with a brown and yellow scaly exterior and a yellow flesh Flavor / texture  very juicy and acidic
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Ananas comosus to produce fruit. Propagation of Pineapple can be achieved using a sucker. This plant probably originates from Thailand, Brazil and Paraguay.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Ananas comosus is an herbaceous perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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