Wild Flower Web
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Greenish spikes, 5 minute greenish-white petals. The flower spike is a maximum of 4 inches long.
A smooth, disc-shaped, brown or black seed (achene).
The stalked leaves are alternately arranged along the stems. They are narrowly elliptical and taper into a sharp tip. Sometimes they have a dark blotch in the centre of the leaf on the upper surface. Each leaf is up to 8cm long and 2cm wide.
The young leaves and seed can both be eaten, raw or cooked.
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.
Curlytop Knotweed, Dock-leaved Smartweed, Heart's Ease, Pale Knotweed, Pale Smartweed, Willow Weed.
Ditches, farmland, gardens, riverbanks, roadsides, swamps, wasteland, waterside, wetland.