This herbaceous elder is in full fruit on the Systematic Beds.
One of approximately 25 species, Sambucus ebulus occurs throughout Europe to the Himalaya. It is a British native, found growing in hedgerows and on roadsides. Reaching approximately 2m in height, this rhizomatous species has unbranched stems, and opposite, pinnate leaves comprising up to thirteen leaflets. In early summer it produces flat corymbs of small white/ivory flowers. Through late summer into autumn panicles of glossy, black fruits extend the season of interest. It has been widely used throughout its range for herbal remedies, and as a consequence, has several common names, including danewort and blood hilder.