Conopodium majus   Pignut CC DD N

Conopodium majus whole Conopodium majus flower

This is a very common plant on our acid Cheshire sandstone and an umbellifer that is fairly easy to identify. It is actually quite a small plant usually reaching 0.5 m maximum and always seems to start with drooping flower heads when in bud. The feathery leaves are also a give-away but finally you might try to eat the tubers raw or cooked which are supposed to taste of brazil nuts.

This plant is found throughout the British Isles and Ireland.

LHS: Cliffs of Moher car park, Ireland 21st May 05 RHS: Field Alvanley, Cheshire 1st May 05

Added on October 17th 2005, updated 5th December 2008, updated 19th March 2010

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