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Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley)

Type Herbaceous flower, Hedging & Screening, Deciduous
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Anthriscus sylvestris - Cultivation Notes

The native cow parsley is all to often seen as a weed but if allowed to grow among areas of longer grass it can provide a profusion of spring blossom as well as a valuable habitat and food source for wildlife. It can be cut back in summer once it has set seed and will grow in the toughest of spots.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Anthriscus sylvestris:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Tolerates permanently wet soil
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Anthriscus sylvestris

  • Invasive top growth
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Anthriscus sylvestris:

  • Winter/early spring flowering herbaceous plant for early colour and extended seasonal interest

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