Opposite-leaved golden saxifrage

This is probably a plant that everyone who spends time in a woodland setting has seen and probably mentally ignored ,I’m just a guilty of this as most today whilst out picking the years first ramson leaves I found myself standing on a carpet of saxifrage.

As far as edible wild greens go it will never win any awards but it’s moist and firm leaves are a really enjoyable crunch to any foraged salad .
It’s a small plant which forms large colony’s that Hug the ground forming a carpet and it’s easy to identify as the flowers are greeny gold in colour and the leaves are found growing in opposite pairs down the stem and have hairs on them , also when a section of the stem is cut it is square in shape .
It’s found in moist areas mainly around woodland water courses in shaded areas and is very common I have also found that it grows well alongside moss
It’s not a well publicised edible Richard maybe makes reference of it in food for free as cresson de roches and it’s use in France but not common in the uk but to be honest in the south west of England we have it in abundance and I would defiantly recommend its use as it has a mild watercress taste and can be eaten raw or cooked as a green .


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