It can grow up to 1.2 meter tall. It has bipinnate leaves, meaning arranged opposite each other in rows. The leaves are ovate shaped with scalloped edges. The white combound umbrel flowers bloom from July to August and are five petalled. It has achenes as fruit.
It prefers to grow in a wide variety of soils, from loamy, sand and clay soils and can tolerate a sunny or half shady position.
This plant occurs in Eastern Europe, and Western Asia, and it is rare and threatened throughout its range. Populations of the plant are generally small and reduced in number, mainly due to habitat loss, and exhibit a marked reduction in genetic diversity. Owing to its Europe-wide conservation status, this plant has been included in the Bern Convention, and subsequently listed in Annex II of the EU Flora–Fauna Directive—Natura 2000.
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