Spignel Meum athamanticum

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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Commonly known as spignel, Meum athamanticum is a perennial herb that boasts a striking appearance with delicate, finely divided feather-like leaves that are bright green in color. These leaves are similar to those of fennel or dill, creating a soft airy foliage. The plant produces rounded umbels of tiny, creamy white flowers which bloom atop thin, leafless stalks, giving the impression of a loose, open canopy. The flowers emanate a pleasant fragrance and gather in clusters, reminiscent of intricate floral lace. Following the flowering stage, spignel develops small seed-like fruits that are equally dispersed within the umbrella-like structure of the flower heads. The root system is known to be quite substantial for the size of the plant, anchoring it firmly into the ground. Spignel has a noteworthy texture and form that make it an interesting addition to any garden or natural setting, where it can contribute a touch of fine, feathery elegance.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Baldmoney, Spignel, Meu, Meum.

    • Common names

      Athamanta meum, Carum meum, Ligusticum meum, Meum mutellina, Selinum meum.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Meum athamanticum, commonly known as spignel, is not widely recognized for its toxicity to humans. However, as with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities can occur. If spignel is ingested in large quantities, it could potentially lead to digestive discomfort or other adverse effects. There is limited information on severe toxicity or poisoning symptoms from spignel, and it is not commonly cited as a hazardous plant. Nevertheless, caution should be advised as with any plant that is not typically used as food.

    • To pets

      Spignel, the common name for Meum athamanticum, is not generally reported to be toxic to pets. As with any non-food plant, consumption by pets may lead to gastrointestinal upset or an allergic reaction depending on the individual pet's sensitivity. It is always best to prevent pets from consuming plants not meant for their diet to avoid any potential adverse health effects. If you suspect your pet has ingested spignel and is showing symptoms of poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhea, or abnormal behavior, it is prudent to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Spread

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Culinary uses: Meum athamanticum, commonly known as Spignel, has been traditionally used as a herb in cooking, particularly in Scottish cuisine.
    • Gardening: Spignel can be grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, offering delicate, feathery foliage and attractive flowers that can enhance the visual appeal of the space.
    • Habitat for wildlife: It may provide a habitat or food source for certain species of insects and birds, contributing to biodiversity in the garden.
    • Aromatic properties: The plant has a pleasant, aromatic scent which can be enjoyed when grown in a garden or in the wild, and can be used to infuse a delicate fragrance into dishes.
    • Traditional uses: Spignel has a historical significance and has been used traditionally in various cultural practices aside from cooking, such as in rituals or folklore.
    • Cultural significance: It has cultural value, particularly in regions where it is native, and may be featured in local traditions or literature.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Diuretic effect - traditionally used to promote the production of urine.
    • Carminative properties - may help relieve flatulence and soothe the digestive tract.
    • Antispasmodic - potential to alleviate spasms or cramps in the muscles.
    • Expectorant - believed to aid in expelling mucus from the respiratory tract.
    • Aromatic bitter - can stimulate the appetite and aid digestion through its bitter taste.
    • Antiseptic - historically used for its potential to prevent the growth of microorganisms.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As a flavoring agent: Baldmoney's root has a distinct and aromatic flavor, which can be used much like angelica in flavoring liquors and confectionery.
    • In perfumery: Due to its aromatic properties, Baldmoney can be used in the manufacturing of perfumes, providing a unique and natural scent.
    • Insect repellent: It is believed that the aroma of Baldmoney may be unpleasant to certain insects, thus acting as a natural deterrent.
    • Decorative dried flowers: Baldmoney's flowers can be dried and used in potpourri mixtures or as part of decorative arrangements in homes.
    • Garden ornamental: This plant can be cultivated purely for its aesthetic appeal in a garden setting, especially for its feathery foliage and umbrella-like flowers.
    • In culinary as a herb: The leaves of baldmoney are sometimes used in cooking, similar to how one would use parsley or other aromatic herbs.
    • As a natural dye: The root of baldmoney can be used to create a natural dye for textiles, although the color and permanence vary.
    • As a companion plant: Baldmoney may be planted among other crops to enhance garden biodiversity, and potentially to deter common pests with its unique smell.
    • Soil improvement: When planted, it can contribute to the overall health of the garden soil, much like other herbs, by promoting a diverse soil ecology.
    • Educational purposes: Baldmoney can be used in educational settings such as botanical gardens or natural science programs to teach about native European flora.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Meum athamanticum, commonly known as Spignel, is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Spignel is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Purity: Meum athamanticum, commonly known as Spignel, is often associated with purity due to its clean, bright white flowers which can represent innocence and cleanliness.
    • Protection: Spignel has historically been used in herbal medicine to treat various ailments. This medicinal use imbues it with a connotation of protection and safety against harm and disease.
    • Healing: With its uses in traditional remedies, Spignel symbolizes healing, both physical and emotional, reminding one of nature’s role in health and recovery.
    • Love and Affection: In certain cultures, giving Spignel could signify a gesture of deep affection and the desire to care for someone, similar to how other plants are used to convey different facets of love.
    • Longevity: Due to the hardy nature of the plant and its resistance to harsh conditions, Spignel may represent long life and endurance.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The common name for Meum athamanticum is Spignel, and it should be watered thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Overhead watering is not recommended as it can encourage disease; instead, water at the base of the plant. For mature plants, water with about one gallon every week during the growing season, adjusting for precipitation and temperature, ensuring the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During the winter, reduce watering to every few weeks depending on the plant's environment and soil dryness.

  • sunLight

    Spignel thrives in full sun to partial shade conditions. It prefers a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily but can also tolerate some light afternoon shade. Avoid placing Spignel in deep shade, as this will reduce its vigor and ability to flower properly.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Spignel performs best in temperatures between 50°F and 75°F. It can tolerate temperatures down to about 20°F, making it capable of withstanding chilly conditions, but should be protected from extreme cold. Ideally, ensure that Spignel is not exposed to temperatures above 80°F for prolonged periods, as excessive heat can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Spignel is generally done to remove spent flower heads and to maintain its neat appearance. Lightly prune or deadhead after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms. Annual pruning in late winter or early spring can also help to stimulate healthy new growth. It is typically not necessary to prune Spignel more than once or twice a year.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Baldmoney thrives in well-drained soil with a pH range from 6.0 to 7.5. A mix of loam, sand, and peat moss creates an ideal environment, allowing for good drainage while retaining adequate moisture.

  • plantRepotting

    Baldmoney does not require frequent repotting; it can be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Baldmoney prefers moderate humidity levels, ideally ranging from 40% to 60%, to mimic its natural habitat conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-drained soil, and moderate watering for indoor growth.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sun or partial shade with good drainage and protect from harsh winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Meum athamanticum, commonly known as Spignel, begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in moist soil preferably in a cool, temperate climate. Once the seed sprouts, the seedling develops into a rosette of finely divided, feathery leaves. As it matures, the plant forms a sturdy stem and enters the next growth stage, where the leaves elongate and the plant accumulates nutrients in preparation for flowering. Spignel produces white to greenish flower heads in compound umbels during late spring to early summer, which after pollination by insects, develop into small, winged fruit that contains seeds. Once the seeds mature and are dispersed, they fall to the ground and the cycle begins anew if the conditions are suitable. The plant is a perennial, surviving the winter months through its root system and resuming growth in the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The common name for Meum athamanticum is Spignel, and its favored method of propagation is by seed. The best time to sow Spignel seeds is either in fall or as soon as the seed is ripe. This aligns with the plant's natural seed dispersal and ensures that the seeds experience a period of cold stratification, which can improve germination rates. To propagate Spignel, one would typically surface sow the seeds in a well-draining seed mix, lightly cover them with soil, and then place the container in a cold frame or a sheltered outdoor area over winter. Germination may occur in early spring. Once the seedlings are robust enough and the risk of frost has passed, they can be transplanted into their final location, with ample space for each plant to grow and establish a good root system.