Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Ground Elder
Aegopodium podagraria
of the Carrot family
a perennial
30-90 cm high
blooms May-August
likes cultivated and waste ground, open woodland, roadsides
can be seen by the Roman Bathhouse

This common plant gets its name from the similarity of its leaves with those of the true elder Sambucus nigra. It was probably introduced into Britain by the Romans as a spinach-like delicacy. However, it has fallen out of favour, and has been replaced by other vegetables, and is now considered to be a garden weed.