Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae) – wildflowers of the Carrot family
Smyrnium olusatrum is a hairless biennial umbellifer growing to a height of 1.5m. The yellowish-green glossy leaves are divided and bluntly toothed. Young stems are solid but become hollow when old; the upper branches are usually opposite. Alexanders grows wild in most coastal parts of Britain and Ireland, and in southern and central Britain it is also found in many inland locations.
The umbrella-like yellow flower heads open in April, and by July the seeds are beginning to ripen and turn dark brown.
Whilst we are confined to #StayAtHome I will be posting photos from around my house and garden to hopefully cheer us all up.
We ate these last week! They were lovely braised with a little bit of wild garlic.
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