Stone Parsley - Sison amomum

    Description

    An erect hairless plant with a nauseating smell when crushed. Stems solid, finely ridged. Leaves pinnate, with 5 to 9 pairs of oblong, toothed leaflets, often lobed. Flowers white, small (1 to 2 mm), in umbels with 3 to 6 uneven rays. Bracts linear, short. Fruit almost globose.

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    Habitat

    Grassy banks, rough grassland, roadside verges and disturbed ground, generally on heavy soils.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to September.

    Life History

    Biennial.

    UK Status

    Local from Yorkshire southwards including coastal north Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Now scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 25 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map