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Dwarf Elder

Sambucus ebulus

Plant Data

Order:
Dipsacales
Family:
Adoxaceae (Moschatel)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
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.
Fruit:
The flowers develop into dark violet to black berry-like fruit
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
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.
Aroma:
The flowers and leaves smell unpleasantly of bitter almonds.
Other Names:
Blood Hilder, Dane Ball, Dane Weed, Dane's Weed, Danesblood, Danewort, Deadwort, Dwarf Elderberry, Elderwort, European Dwarf Elder, Ground Elder, Walewort, Wallwort.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.