Alexanders - Smyrnium olusatrum


    Pungent hairless plant reaching over one metre in height. Stems stout, becoming hollow when old. Upper branches usually opposite. Flowers yellowish in dense umbels without sepals.

    Photo ID?

    Hedge-banks, woodland margins and roadsides. Often seen near the sea.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common near to the coast in England and Wales it is now spreading inland, probably aided by heavy salting of roads which seems to reproduce coastal conditions on the roadside verges.

    VC55 Status

    Becoming more common in Leicestershire and Rutland especially near to well salted roads. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in only 4 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map