Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
Common Name: Cow parsley
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 1.00 m (100 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shade||Spread: 0.30 m (30 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Cream, White|
|Foliage Colour: Purple||Flowering 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.