Anthriscus sylvestris

Anthriscus sylvestris

Cow parsley

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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 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

  • Botanical name: Anthriscus sylvestris
  • Common name: Cow parsley
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb, Perennial
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Cow parsleyAnthriscus sylvestris, is one of the most common native plants, typically found in ditches and meadows around Britain. Its flowers aren’t particularly remarkable unless grown en mass, when they appear like white clouds hovering in contrast with clear blue spring skies. Its blooms have a strong, malty scent and are extremely attractive to pollinators.

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Grow Anthriscus sylvestris in an informal border, cottage or wildlife garden, or as part of a meadow. It self-seeds readily.

How to grow Anthriscus sylvestris

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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 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 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

Anthriscus sylvestris and wildlife

Anthriscus sylvestris is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Anthriscus sylvestris poisonous?

Anthriscus sylvestris has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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