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.

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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 Monkshood Aconitum napellus Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : Mar Season End : Oct
Lords and Ladies Lords and Ladies Arum maculatum Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : Mar Season End : Nov
White Briony White Briony Bryonia dioica Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : Mar Season End : Nov
Hemlock Hemlock Conium maculatum Poisonous Spring Summer Season Start : Mar Season End : Sep
Foxglove Foxglove Digitalis sp Poisonous Spring Summer Season Start : Mar Season End : Sep
Giant Hogweed Giant Hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : Mar Season End : Oct
Ragwort Ragwort Jacobaea vulgaris Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : Jan Season End : Dec
Dog's Mercury Dog's Mercury Mercurialis perennis Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Season Start : Mar Season End : Nov
Hemlock Water Dropwort. Hemlock Water Dropwort. Oenanthe crocata Poisonous Spring Summer Winter Season Start : Feb Season End : Jul
Buttercups Buttercups Ranunculus sp Poisonous Autumn Spring Summer Winter Season Start : Jan Season End : Dec
Yew Tree Yew Tree Taxus baccata Poisonous Autumn Summer Season Start : Sep Season End : Nov