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Conopodium majus - (Golian.)Loret.
                 
Common Name Pignut
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods, hedgerows and fields. It is never found on alkaline soils[12].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway to Spain, east to Italy and Corsica.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Conopodium majus Pignut


Conopodium majus Pignut
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Physical Characteristics
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Conopodium majus is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms
C. denudatum. Bunium flexuosum.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Hedgerow; Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Tubers - raw or cooked[2, 5, 12, 17, 63, 100]. A very pleasant food with a flavour somewhat between a sweet potato and hazelnuts, with a hot aftertaste of radish[115, 183, K]. We have never detected this hot aftertaste, and feel that the flavour is reminiscent of brazil nuts[K]. There is only one tuber on each plant, this is rather small and difficult to harvest, but the size could probably be increased by cultivation[115, K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Never found on alkaline soils in the wild[12]. See the plants native habitat for other ideas on its cultivation needs. This species responds to cultivation by producing larger tubers[115]. With careful selective breeding it is probably possible to produce a much more productive plant[K].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. Germination is usually quick and good[K]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out when in early summer. It is also possible to sow in situ, though this requires a lot more seed to produce the same amount of plants from a protected sowing. Division in late summer as the plant dies down.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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(Golian.)Loret.
Botanical References
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Lynne the Witch Sat Sep 2 2006
A bit concerned about the identification as there are a number of poisonous umbellifers. Trying to find some positive means of identification
Elizabeth H.
Tue May 15 2007
This is a useful link, Lynne: http://www.countrylovers.co.uk/wfs/pignut.htm Or you could dig one up, with the tuber, and identify it that way.
Elizabeth H.
Tue Sep 4 2007
They have very fine leaves and flower before most umbellifers, and yeah ... the tuber is the sign its a pignut!
Elizabeth H.
Phill Fri Jun 19 2009
I have found pignut with four plants growing from the same tuber. i have tried them in Yorkshire, North Devon and Salisbury and the hot peppery after taste was obvious in North Devon, milder in Yorkshire and not detectable in Salisbury.
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