Cow parsley

Anthriscus sylvestris

Cow parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris

Common Name: Cow parsley
Genus: Anthriscus
Species: sylvestris

Category: Wildflowers
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage

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

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Billowing umbels of tiny white flowers top finely divided foliage from mid spring to early summer creating a charming ethereal quality. A short-lived perennial or biennial that is ideal for naturalised planting schemes or meadows where it can be allowed to set seed freely.

  • 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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