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Alexanders

Smyrnium olusatrum

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Yellow-green umbel.
Fruit:
Globular, ridged, turning black on ripening.
Leaves:
Yellowish-green bluntly toothed, divided and glossy.
Maximum Size:
125cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of this plant are edible but the older leaves are not very palatable as they are tough to chew.
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:
The leaves and stem smell and taste of Myrrh when crushed.
Other Names:
Alick, Alisanders, Black Lovage, Black Potherb, Hell Root, Horse Parsley, Macedonia Parsley, Megweed, Skit, Smyrnium, Stanmarch, Thanet Celery, Wild Celery.
Habitats:
Roadsides, sea cliffs, seaside, wasteland.