Plants that take the train

The butterbur prefers to grow near water courses and on slopes along roads and railways. Suckers from its roots allow the plant to spread, male plants accounting for almost the entire population in Denmark. The roots can sometimes be transferred when earth is moved, for instance when new roads are being built.

In spring its pale pink flowers on a thick rootstock are a dominant feature of the countryside.

Later large green leaves, similar to those of the rhubarb plant, unfold. They are sometimes mistakenly called dock leaves - but the dock is a completely different plant.

The butterbur is more prevalent in Zealand than in any other part of the Denmark.

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