Scientific name: Berula erecta
Look out for the white, umbrella-like flower heads of Lesser water-parsnip along the shallow margins of ditches, ponds, lakes and rivers. When crushed, it does, indeed, smell like parsnip!
When to seeJuly to September
AboutThe Lesser water-parsnip is a perennial, aquatic plant that grows in shallow, clear, flowing water at the margins of ditches, ponds, lakes and rivers.
It can grow quite tall and displays umbrella-like flower heads from July to September.