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Common Osier

Salix viminalis

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Salicaceae (Willow)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Very short-stalked greenish catkins. Male catkins shorter than female.
Fruit:
The female catkins develop into the fruit as capsules which contain the seeds.
Leaves:
A deciduous tree. Dark green, slender leaves that are silvery-haired below. Up to 25cm long and 2cm wide.
Maximum Size:
6 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The inner bark and leaves are both edible. The inner bark can be eaten either raw or cooked and tastes very bitter. The young shoots can be cooked and eaten but are not very palatable.
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:
Basket Willow, Common Osier Willow, Hemp Willow.
Habitats:
Ditches, fens, floodplains, marshes, waterside.