Marsh Hog’s Fennel (Peucedanum palustre)

Biennial
Selenium palustre. S. sylvestre.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Marsh Hog's Fennel
Peucedanum palustre
Umbelliferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is stimulant[4]. It is used in the treatment of epilepsy[4].

  • Edible Use

    The root can be used as a ginger substitute[2, 4, 17, 115, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no mention of toxicity has been seen for this species, skin contact with the sap of a number of members in this genus is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[65, 218]. They are also said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[218].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible otherwise in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in any moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Suitable for group plantings in the wild garden[200].
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, the Altai and Urals.

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