Greater Burnet-saxifrage - Pimpinella major


    Medium to tall plant, stem hollow, deeply ridged. Lower leaves pinnate with 3 to 9 toothed or leaflets with the end leaflet being three-lobed (usually). Stem leaves smaller and with prominent inflated bases. Flowers white, sometimes pink 3mm in flat topped umbels 3 to 6 cm across with 10 to 15 rays.

    Photo ID?

    Roadside verges, rough grassland, hedgebanks and woodland margins.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    In Britain it is only frequent in south-eastern, central and northern England and in the South-west of Ireland.

    VC55 Status

    It is quite frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 241 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map