Identifying Edible and Poisonous Wild Plants
Our Hedgerow Guide aims to help you forage for British plants that are relatively common in the wild, easy to find and good to eat – and to avoid those that are inedible or poisonous.
Never rely on one source for plant identification, and never eat anything unless you are 100% sure it is edible. We will not be held responsible for the use of the information in this guide.
Hedgerows are a great place to find most of these plants, but do look around in woods and fields as many grow there too.
You can filter to see what’s in season currently. If you want to learn more about wild food and foraging then why not come one of our courses?
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This guide is here to help keep you safe, however, please ensure that you use multiple sources for identifying plants. Only eat a wild food if you yourself are 100% sure what it is. It should also be noted that there are a couple of plants that you should not touch without gloves. We will not be held responsible for any misidentification, or any other use of the information on this website.
|Photo||Sort by common name : Common Name||Sort by scientific name : Scientific Name||Type||Start||End|
|Monkshood||Aconitum napellus||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Oct|
|Fool's Parsley||Aethusa cynapium||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Sep|
|Lords and Ladies||Arum maculatum||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Nov|
|White Bryony||Bryonia dioica||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Nov|
|Hemlock||Conium maculatum||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Sep|
|Meadow Bindweed||Convolvulus arvensis||Season Start : Jan||Season End : Dec|
|Foxglove||Digitalis sp||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Sep|
|Giant Hogweed||Heracleum mantegazzianum||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Oct|
|Ragwort||Jacobaea vulgaris||Season Start : Jan||Season End : Dec|
|Laburnum||Laburnum sp.||Season Start : Jan||Season End : Dec|
|Dog's Mercury||Mercurialis perennis||Season Start : Mar||Season End : Nov|
|Hemlock Water Dropwort||Oenanthe crocata||Season Start : Feb||Season End : Jul|
|Buttercups||Ranunculus sp||Season Start : Jan||Season End : Dec|
|Yew Tree||Taxus baccata||Season Start : Sep||Season End : Nov|