Dog's Mercury - Mercurialis perennis


Low to short rhizomatous hairy plant. Leaves lanceolate stalked, crowded towards the stem tops. Flowers greenish 4 to 5 mm, the female solitary or 2 to 3 together, the male in long tassel-like spikes.

Identification difficulty

Shaded habitats, woods, hedge bottoms.

When to see it

February to April

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout much of Britain, but rare in northern Scotland and in Ireland.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 259 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, locally abundant

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map