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Laserpitium gallicum

Laser de France
Laserwort

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

tiny

Flowering months

May,

June,

July,

August

Leaf type

Pinnate

Height

to 1.5 m

Description

A plant that generally grows at higher altitudes on calcareous, rocky soil in dappled shade, very sturdy.

Flowers

Each flower head carrying between 30-50 umbels.

Leaves

Pinnate row of leaflets on either side of the stem. Rows of oblong, lobed, wedge-shaped leaflets on either side of the stem. Large, shiny, foliage at the base, becoming smaller and stalkless towards the top.

Fruits Seeds

Schizocarp: oblong, a dry fruit winged all around, that splits into single seeded parts when ripe.

Edible

The Romans reputedly mixed the roots with cumin to season preserved artichokes.

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