Commonon name: Salad Burnet.
plant with green flowers
present in June and July. Although the plant persists all year it dies back significantly in Autumn
to leave a very small plant left to survive through winter
. When crushed between fingers it smells like cucumber
s, and can be used as a herb
in salads. The plant's height is generally 10-50cm, with an alternate
leaf arrangement (alternating between each side of the stalk as you go up). This is a wind pollinated
plant, mainly present on chalky bases and on Fixed Sand Dune
Rooting depth of up to arround 35 feet in order to get to water
reserves, as its habitats are often very dry
. In very wet conditions its roots rot
easily. The soils it inhabits are generally pH
5 - 8, but it can cope with pHs down to as
low as 4.
is very trample and grazing resistant
and will regenerate
well and relatively quickly. For this reason it does well in many areas that other plants do not, such as on paths, where it is considerably shorter than in other areas, due mainly to a lack of competition
rather than to damage from trampling.