Pignut

Conopodium majus

About

Common in open woodland, hedgerows and dry grassland, Pignut is a small umbellifer (member of the carrot family) with fine leaves and delicate stems. Small umbels (umbrella-like clusters) of white flowers appear between April and June and are attractive to a range of insects such as soldier beetles and hoverflies.

How to identify

Pignut has delicate, branched stems, finely divided leaves and white umbels of small flowers.

Where to find it

Widespread.

Habitats

When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many grassland nature reserves for the benefit of all kinds of wildlife. Careful grazing with traditional breeds, hay-cutting at the right time and scrub clearance are just some of the ways these fragile habitats are kept in good condition - supporting wildflowers like Pignut and, in turn, invertebrates and the larger animals that prey on them. By volunteering for your local Trust you can help too, and you'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way.

Species information

Common name
Pignut
Latin name
Conopodium majus
Category
Wildflowers
Statistics
Height: up to 25cm
Conservation status
Common.