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Mystery hedgerow plant

Observed: 23rd May 2010 By: js526
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

1 metre tall. Sweet smelling. Round leaves. In coastal hedgerows on Gower peninsula.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum) interacts

Comments

js526's picture

Thank you

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

Peter M McEvoy's picture

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

http://iomflora.site11.com

js526's picture

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.
Jenny