Anthriscus Sylvestris, Cow Parsley



Common name:
Cow parsley
Scientific name:
Anthriscus sylvestris
Main flower color:
Range:
All of the UK
Height:
Up to 100 cm
Habitat:
Field edges, woodland margins, roadsides, pathways
Flowers:
Compound umbels of tiny white flowers - up to 6 cm in diameter, with between four and ten rays, at the tip of grooved, unspotted stems which are downy towards the base. Individual clusters are subtended by hairy, reflexed bracteoles, ageing to purple. Flower lobes are unequal in size
Fruit:
Twin-chambered pods around 6 mm long; green, becoming dark brown
Leaves:
Slightly downy, fern-like; pinnately divided two or three times into narrow segments; on hairy stalks
Season:
April to June
Rarity:
★★★★