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Sambucus nigra 'Laciniata'

20th June 2008

The Elderflowers are a very homely group of shrubs. I know some people find the stinky leaves and stems objectionable, but I find it rather charming. A bit like a small child poking their tongue out at you through the back window of a bus.
The purple leaved forms (and there are now many of them) have been very fashionable. This cut leaved form isn't seen very often, but it is quite distinctive and it has marvellous flowers for making Elderflower cordial, wich I manage to do some years.