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Ground Elder

Aegopodium podagraria

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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White, 5 petals
 
Dense white umbels without bracts, up to 6cm across.
Fruit:
A flattened egg-shaped, small, dark brown fruit with long curved styles. 2-parted with narrow ridges, up to 4mm long.
Leaves:
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.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
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.
Aroma:
Some people like the smell of this flower, others don't. It is usually described as smelling like carrot, celery or parsley.
Other Names:
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.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, parkland, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland.