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Common Gromwell

Lithospermum officinale

Plant Data

Order:
Boraginales
Family:
Boraginaceae (Borage)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
Creamy white to greenish-white flowers in leafy spikes. 5 joined petals.
Fruit:
Hard, white, smooth and shiny, egg-shaped nutlets.
Leaves:
Simple, stalkless, lanceolate leaves with prominent veins. Covered in bristly hairs.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be used as a substitute for tea.
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.
Other Names:
European Stoneseed.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen
Habitats:
Grassland, hedgerows, rocks, scrub, woodland.