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    Tall erect strong smelling herb to 2.5 metres though often less. Leaves alternate, palmate, and lobed to the base into 3 to 9 narrow toothed lobes. Flowers small greenish, the male in much branched clusters, the female in slender stalked spikes.

    Identification difficulty

    Rubbish tips, disturbed land, waysides.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History

    Records probably relate to casuals introduced from seeds used in bird food and angling.

    UK Status

    Occasional records of casuals in Britain, mainly from England south of the Humber.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland probably occuring as casual plants from bird seed etc. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map