Cow parsley Anthriscus sylvestris
|Status||Green - Least concern|
|Best Time to See||April, May, June|
"No water was there,cow parsley the only flower."
- Ivor Gurney, "The Cloud"
Frothy and lacy, this wildflower grows in abundance along thoroughfares in summer. Stems are hollow, without spots. Leaves are fern-like with pointed leaflets.
Where it grows
Often seen on roadsides and near hedgerows. Also found in woodland edges.
Best time to see
April, May and June
How is it doing?
One of the few flowers that benefits from current road verge management since it likes high levels of nutrients (much like nettles). Sadly, this is at the expense of other species.
Did you know?
- Like the closely-related wild carrot, it is also called "Queen Anne’s Lace". Other names are Lady's lace, Fairy lace, Spanish lace, Kex, Kecksie, Queque, Mother die, Step-mother, Grandpa's pepper, Hedge parsley, Badman's oatmeal, Blackman's tobacco and Rabbit meat.
- It is related to the carrot as well as parsley.
- It can be confused with hemlock (which is poisonous) and hogweed (sap burns in sunlight), so if handling, caution is advised.