It is a perennial, monocotyledon, climbing or low shrub with a height of up to 2.5 meters. It has long leaflets of dark green, blackish, tender shoots with thin leaves like needles coming directly from the soil. It has greenish-yellow, fragrant flowers and small black fruits like berries. In Greece it appears throughout the country as a wild, native plant in barren locations, in places with holly trees, in coniferous forests, in forest glades, in shrubs and in cultivated soils.
The shoots are collected from February to May, when they are tender and reach the desired size of 10-15 cm. For therapeutic purposes the root is also collected. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days wrapped in a wet towel. For several months in the freezer after first boiling. They are eaten raw in salad with oil and vinegar, boiled in brine and tied with twine, the best of them is omelette.
Fruition: February - May