Pepper-saxifrage - Silaum silaus

    Alt Name
    Pepper Saxifrage

    A very variable plant with a solid, ridged stem. Leaves triangular in outline, 2 to 4 pinnate, the segments long stalked, often with a reddish tip, leaflets finely toothed. Flowers pale yellow 1.5 mm, in umbels with 5 to 15 rays, bracts sometimes, but not always present.

    Identification difficulty

    Rough or damp grassland, old meadows, roadsides and railway verges.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Mainly in central and south east England, local elsewhere. Absent from Scotland and most of Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland, seldom found in large numbers. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 151 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map