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The flowers are white and sometimes pink-tipped. They form flat-topped umbel-like clusters, up to 10cm across. Their anthers and stamens are purple.
The flowers develop into dark violet to black berry-like fruit
A hairless perennial, similar to Common Elder but the leaves have serrated margins and are more numerous. The leaves are in opposite pairs and have between 5 and 9 leaflets, up to 30cm long. The foliage dies back during winter.
The fruit are edible when cooked but some people may get a stomach upset after eating them. Most of the poisons in the fruit are killed after cooking them.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
The flowers and leaves smell unpleasantly of bitter almonds.
Blood Hilder, Dane Ball, Dane Weed, Dane's Weed, Danesblood, Danewort, Deadwort, Dwarf Elderberry, Elderwort, European Dwarf Elder, Ground Elder, Walewort, Wallwort.
Hedgerows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.