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Mystery hedgerow plant

Observed: 23rd May 2010 By: js526
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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1 metre tall. Sweet smelling. Round leaves. In coastal hedgerows on Gower peninsula.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) interacts


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Thank you

So not a 'wild' flower as such.
Thank you for the information.

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I would consider it as a

I would consider it as a 'wildflower' albeit non-native and naturalised.
It was brough to the UK by the Romans as a pot herb (a good substitute for celery).
It is not widely planted and spreads quite easily by seed. It can be a big problem on coastal roadside verges shading out native species.

New Flora of the Isle of Man


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Thnak you Peter M McEvoy

I couldn't find it in my wildflower books - so it's non-native which explains it. Wish I'd tasted it now - love celery!! I can see how it might be a problem, it was certainly a presence.
Thank you very much for taking the trouble to explain.