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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

31. Alexanders
(Smyrnium olusatrum L.)

31. Alexanders

Within a few miles of the sea this plant will be noticed growing by the wayside, and the nearer we get to the coast the more abundant it becomes. It is a stout smooth plant, with large shiny leaves divided into broad segments. The flowers are greenish-yellow, and they grow in large round umbels. They begin to open in April, earlier than most of the Umbellifers, and are followed later in the year by round black seed-vessels.