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Sanicle

Sanicula europaea

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small umbel-like clusters of pale white to pale pink flowers.
Fruit:
A flattened, oval nutlet. The fruits are covered in hook-shaped spines. 3mm diameter.
Leaves:
Sometimes carpet-forming across the ground. Deeply palmate, between 3 and 5 lobes per leaf. The leaves are dark green, glossy and long-stalked with toothed margins. The upper leaves have shorter stalks. A typical leaf measures a maximum of up to 6cm across.
Maximum Size:
40cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and young shoots are edible but should only be eaten in small quantities due to the mild toxicity levels of Sanicle.
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:
Aromatic.
Other Names:
European Sanicle, Poolroot, Wood Sanicle.
Habitats:
Woodland.