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Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley)

Cow Parsley, Cow Weed, Deil's Meal, Keck, Mock Chervil, Orchard Weed, Queen Anne's Lace, Wild Caraway, Wild Chervil, Wild Parsley


Adding a delicate airiness to the landscape, Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) is a robust short-lived perennial with abundant and elegant, lacy umbels of frothy white flowers floating atop mounds of fresh green, sharply-cut, pinnate leaves. Often turning purple with age, the flowers gracefully mingle with other plants, adding unmatched elegance. Blooming over a long flowering period, from mid spring until early summer, Anthriscus sylvestris is easy to grow, requires very little care and is ideal for moist or shaded fertile soils.

  • Vigorously growing up to 3-5 ft. high (90-150 cm) and spreading up to 2-3 ft. (60-90 cm), Cow Parsley is an ideal addition to prairie plantings, wildflower gardens. Valued for its airy ferny foliage and delicate flowers, it makes an excellent foil for larger-flowered or bolder-leaved perennials.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in well-drained soils. Cow Parsley is not fussy about soil conditions, but is intolerant of very wet or very dry soils. Some drought tolerance once established if given some shade.
  • Add this charming and graceful plant to the landscape and you will be rewarded with happy butterflies, bees and pollinating insects!
  • Propagate by seed. Sow seeds in a cold frame in autumn or spring
  • Will freely self-seed under satisfying growing conditions. Deadhead to prevent prolific self-seeding.
  • Native to Eurasia

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Anthriscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Anthriscus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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