Leopard’s Bane

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Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum pardalianches) is related to Arnica (Wolf’s Bane) and also poisonous as neither should be taken internally. Great drifts of this are now in flower along the river bank at Colinton Dell, enjoying the sunny May weather!

Now at home, and checking its identity, I realise I need to go back and have a closer look as it could well be its close relative Plantain False Leopard’s Bane aka Plantain Leaved False Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum plantagineum) with slightly smoothed edged leaves.

Both were naturalised in Britain by 1570 and either way, I’m certainly not eating it!

What do you think?