Pignut - Conopodium majus


Short to medium plant, stem erect, slightly ridged and hollow after flowering. Upper leaves 2 to 3 pinnate with linear lobes and prominent sheathed bases. Flowers white, often brown veined on the back 1 to 3 mm, borne in umbels of 3 to 7 cm with 6 to 12 rays, bracts usually absent. Fruit oblong 3 to 4 mm with obscure ridges and erect styles.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Hairless; bracteoles but usually no bracts; fruits rounded and glabrous, with low rounded ridges


Open woodland, rough grassland and scrub.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly common throughout most of Britain, though scarce in East Anglia.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 362 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Native, locally frequent

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map