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Dense white umbels without bracts, up to 6cm across.
A flattened egg-shaped, small, dark brown fruit with long curved styles. 2-parted with narrow ridges, up to 4mm long.
Alternate, long-stalked, compound leaves. Usually 9 leaflets on the lower leaves but this can vary and just 3 leaflets on the upper leaves. The leaflets are elliptical to ovate with serrated margins. Ground Elder can form large areas which carpet the ground.
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked, and can be used in soups and salads. It has a strong, piquant flavour.
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.
Some people like the smell of this flower, others don't. It is usually described as smelling like carrot, celery or parsley.
Bishop's Goutweed, Bishop's Weed, English Masterwort, Garden Plague, Goat Herb, Goutweed, Goutwort, Herb Gerard, Jack-jump-about, Snow-in-the-mountain, Wild Masterwort.
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, parkland, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland.