Sanicle: woodland sparklers | Nature Notes from Dorset

Although sanicle (Sanicula europaea) is a member of the carrot family, which typically have umbel (umbrella) flower heads, it is quite distinctive. The umbel is replaced by a series of small 'globes', each a cluster of small white, sometimes pale pink, flowers. Each flower head occurs at the end of a stem branch and they always remind me of sparklers we used to wave about on bonfire night as kids. Once they have gone to seed each globe forms a bristly seed cluster which readily clings to animal fur or human clothing. It is not a large plant typically growing to a bout a foot tall.
I associate this species with woodland in the spring but my book says it flowers from May until September.

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