Cow parsley

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Cow parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris  'Ravenswing'

Common Name: Cow parsley
Genus: Anthriscus
Species: sylvestris
Cultivar: 'Ravenswing'

Category: Wildflowers
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: PurpleFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

An elegant purple form of common cow parsley this has pretty clusters of tiny creamy-white flowers in late spring and summer highlighted by the lacy deeply cut, dark purple foliage. This plant is biennial or a short-lived perennial but it self seeds freely unless you remove the spent flower heads. This makes it a perfect plant for a wild garden or meadow and an effective companion to ornamental grasses.

  • Garden care: Support with brushwood or link stakes in spring before the flowers appear. In autumn cut it back to just above ground level and apply a generous layer of mulch around the roots.


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Cow parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris

Cow parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris