Cow parsley

How to grow cow parsley

Find out all you need to know about growing cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, in this practical Grow Guide.

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Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Cut back
Cut back

Do not Cut back in January

Do not Cut back in February

Do not Cut back in March

Do not Cut back in April

Do not Cut back in May

Do not Cut back in June

Do Cut back in July

Do Cut back in August

Do not Cut back in September

Do not Cut back in October

Do not Cut back in November

Do not Cut back in December

Anthriscus sylvestris, better known as cow parsley, and sometimes as Queen Anne’s lace, is very much in vogue. A common native plant, the light, airy umbelliferous heads of tiny white flowers that appear in early summer are a favourite choice for naturalistic planting schemes.

Also good for attracting insects, Anthriscus looks wonderful planted in large drifts through other perennials. In the wild, it commonly crops up by roadsides, meadows and woodland edges, growing wild among grasses. You need space to accommodate and experiment with these graceful plants, but, easily grown from seed, it is worth having a go.

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