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Common Lilac

Syringa vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Oleaceae (Olive)
Type:
Deciduous shrub
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Variable in colour, 4 petals
 
White, lilac or purple clusters, 4 petals.
Fruit:
A brown capsule, up to 2cm in length.
Leaves:
A deciduous shrub. Light green, hairless, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs along the stems.
Maximum Size:
7 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
The flowers 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.
Aroma:
Fragrant.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, woodland.