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Common Name: Shepherd's Needle
Scandix pecten-veneris is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe, including Britain, south and east from Sweden to the Mediterranean and western Himalayas.
A weed of arable land, avoiding acid soils and shady positions[
See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.
Young stem tops - raw or cooked[
]. Used in salads or as a pot-herb[
], they are much esteemed[
Seed - sow in situ in spring or late summer.