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Commonly known as Elder
Mainly ornamental but can be planted to support native butterfly and bird species.
Native elder, S. nigra has been used medicinally throughout history and is well-known as various syrups and drinks. A small tree of disturbed ground especially around farmsteads and old cottages where it thrives in nitrogen-rich soil.
A perennial, S. ebulus, Danewort, and probably native can be found scattered throughout the UK on roadsides and waste places.
Genus of about 10 species of herbaceous perennials and deciduous shrubs and trees from woodlands and thickets in temperate and subtropical regions of Eurasia, N and tropical E. Africa, Australia and North and South America.
- Attract Butterflies: Butterfly loving trees and shrubs
- Plants for specific locations: Damp Areas Beside Water – Bog Plants
- Plants with particular characteristics: Chalk Tolerant Plants
- Plants with particular characteristics: Poisonous Plants
- Plants beginning with 'S'
- Search Caerhays Garden Diary for more info & pictures
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these. - also contact with leaves may irritate skin. Fruits are safe when cooked
Additional Features - Good to know - grown for foliage, flowers and fruits. Good for wildlife garden. Tolerates hard pruning to restrict size
Pests & Diseases - blackfly infest young shoots. Verticillium wilt.
Place of origin - Eurasia, north and tropical east Africa, Australia, N. and S. America
Garden Location/Conditions - Bog garden
Is Scented Plant - Scented flowers - musk-scented flowers
Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving
Fertile moist well-drained soil
Wet or boggy soil
Wildlife - Butterfly friendly