Apium nodiflorum now Helosciadium nodiflorum (Fool’s cress)

Apium nodiflorum or Helosciadium nodiflorum (Fool’s cress) is an invasive native species of streams and ponds. It has pinnate leaves, a smooth hollow stem, smells like carrots and has small white flowers like cress.

Apium nodiflorum, now Helosciadum nodiflorum, (Fool’s cress or Poor man’s cress), is a fast growing, invasive native species of streams and ponds, ditches and swamps. It bears pinnate, cress-like leaves and tiny white flowers arranged in an umbel. Its stem is smooth, round and hollow. It often grows on seasonally exposed mud. Its growth habit is lax, prostrate and tends to flop over other plants but it is a useful filler for larger ponds and wild places, is a good filtration plant and will cope well with competition from weeds. You really would have to be a fool to think it’s cress, especially if you eat it – it tastes more of carrots than pepper!

Plant max height CM Planting depth cm Flowering from month Flowering to month Availability from month Availability to month
60 0-15 5 7 3 9


From April to August, single bare root plants or single P9 pots will not be available mail order. Multiples of x 10 bare root plants will be available all year subject to seasonality.

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1 x bare root, 3 x bare root, 10 x bare root, 1 x P9 pot, 3 x P9 pot, 1 x 1 litre pot, 3 x 1 litre pot


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