wild landscapes

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.


  1. beetleypete says:

    I read this, ‘a hairless biennial umbellifer growing to a height of 1.5m’ .
    And for a moment, I thought you were describing me! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. Yellow is such a cheery colour, especially against that gorgeous blue sky.

  3. margaret21 says:

    That’s lovely. I’ve not seen this plant round here, I’m pretty sure.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The first umbellifers to flower.

  4. restlessjo says:

    Looks like broccoli? Happy Wednesday- I had to think there! Confusion reigns this morning 🙂 🙂

  5. The blue sky is a perfect background. 😊

  6. susurrus says:

    I’m not familiar with this one either, but it is lovely.

  7. Colline says:

    I love seeing all of the green unfurling.

  8. Sue says:


    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you 😊

  9. Cathy says:

    I adore it! My best memories of the garden where I used to work are not of all the ‘precious’ plants, but of Alexanders, which seeded everywhere. More difficult to introduce – still haven’t managed it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They don’t self seed in my garden either, nor does pretty Cow Parsley, but hogweed does!

      1. Cathy says:

        I had cow parsley everywhere in my garden in Suffolk – and the house was full of it too, in season! Why I always enjoy seeing it so much in other people’s pictures now.

        1. Heyjude says:

          My mother forbade cow parsley indoors as it has the name of mother-die. Lilac was another flower she was superstitious of too.

        2. Cathy says:

          Oh – I didn’t know that! It did make a bit of a mess, but always made me happy (at least to start with!)

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