Herb: Shepherd's Needle


Latin name: Scandix pecten-veneris


Family: Umbelliferae



Edible parts of Shepherd's Needle:

Young stem tops - raw or cooked. Used in salads or as a pot-herb, they are much esteemed.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
50 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
April
to July

Habitat of the herb:

A weed of arable land, avoiding acid soils and shady positions.

Propagation of Shepherd's Needle:

Seed - sow in situ in spring or late summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

A weed of arable land, avoiding acid soils and shady positions.

Medicinal use of Shepherd's Needle:

None known

Known hazards of Scandix pecten-veneris:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.