Smyrnium olusatrum | Alexanders | Lusrán grándubh
- Distinctive Yellow/Green Umbellifer, with a fragrant almost pungent aroma (leaves smell quite like celery).
- Flowers early in the year from February into Summer Months
- Distinctive black seeds produced after flowering
Hedges, roadsides and waste places
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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A native of the Mediterranean region. Considered an alien in the British Isles and most likely introduced in Ireland. The name 'Alexanders' refers to Alexander the Great who was thought to have used this plant. It is likely that it was brought to the British Isles by the Romans. Thought to be a relic of ancient cultivation. A former pot-herb, used as a salad, but it has now been replaced by celery.