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Flower  Pignut

Pignut - Photo  Copyright 2000 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
A great way to see all the details on these tiny flowers is with a powerful hand  lens - click here

Latin name: Conopodium majus

Size: Grows to approximately 50cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: May to July

Habitat: Meadows and hedgerows

Special features: This relative of the carrot is commonly found in fields and meadows and produces little umbrellas of tiny white flowers.

Click for a better viewUnderground, at the base of the plant, is an odd shaped nut which is a favourite of pigs, hence its name.

Years ago, when sweets were not so easily available, pignuts were also popular with children in rural areas. It's edible... but be warned! It tastes like a cross between a hazelnut and a raw potato.

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