Wild Flower Web
Find a Flower
Click here to search for a different flower
-- All habitats --
Male flowers with cream-coloured anthers in globular clusters appear underneath the shoots. Female flowers look like pinkish-red cones and are situated between the young larch needles. Female flowers are sometimes called 'Larch Roses'. Wind pollinated.
The female flowers eventually become the fruit which is a brown cone. The cones have hollow tops and grow as large as 4cm. The scales of the cones open to shed the winged seeds.
Central Europe's only deciduous coniferous tree. The light green leaves are needle-like, up to 4cm in length. They grow out in clumps from the twigs. At the base of each clump is a woody knob in which the leaves grow out from.
45 meters tall.
The inner bark can be eaten raw.
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.
Needles smell like freshly mown grass with a slightly resinous hint of pine.
Mountains, roadsides, woodland.