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Dog's Mercury

Mercurialis perennis

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Male and female flower spikes appearing on separate plants. Green, petalless, individual flowers are tiny.
Fruit:
Green, spherical and hairy. Up to 8mm across.
Leaves:
Alternate, green, rounded leaves. Minutely toothed and the lower leaves often tapering at their bases.
Maximum Size:
35cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
As the name of this plant suggests, this plant is very posionous. Ingestion can lead to vomiting, coma and possibly even death. However, poisoning to animals is more common.
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:
Unpleasant-smelling.
Other Names:
Adder's Meat, Dog's Cole, False Mercury, Lasting Mercury, Lincolnshire Spinach, Markery, Markry, Mercury, Perennial Mercury.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, woodland.