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Cow-parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris Family: Apiaceae
Anthriscus sylvestris     *     Cow-parsley

Flowering time: April-June. Perennial.

Habitat: Abundant throughout most of Britain and Ireland on roadsides, hedgebanks and at the edges of woodland.

Long-stalked umbels of white flowers without bracts but with broad, deflexed and often pinkish bracteoles. Smooth shiny fruit. The fern-like, triangular, 3-pinnate leaves appear from September and over-winter.

Similar: Fools Parsley, Aethusa cynapium. Smaller, flowering July-August.
Hemlock, Conium maculatum has purple-spotted stems


Cow-parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris       Cow-parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris


Cow-parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris
Cow-parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris
Holton Lee, Dorset. October 2012

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