Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #37 Salad Burnet

Bradlaugh Fields Hills & Holes - Salad Burnet in early June

If you stop for a sit-down in the Hills and Holes and you get a whiff of cucumber then there’s probably a salad burnet plant somewhere around. Look out for the long leaf stalks with a dozen or more leaflets on each, and the flowerheads which look like small multi-sided balls (about 1cm diameter) with crimson fluff or fibres bursting out. As the name suggests, some people like to use a few cucumber-scented leaflets in the salad bowl. Apparently amongst the butterflies, grizzled skipper larvae like them too, as an additional or secondary food-plant, and doubtless there are others, including rabbits, who are partial to salad burnet.

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