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Pignut (Conopodium majus)

A small, delicate perennial with filigree dark-green leaves and umbels of small white flowers, growing from a small, round tuber. Indicative of undisturbed ground. Country children used to dig up the small brown tubers to eat and are said to taste like a crisp young hazlenut. A member of the Carrot family.



Other names: Ground nut, Earth chestnut.

Height: 40 cm

Altitude limit: 600m South-west of Nenthead