Also known as
Queen Anne's Lace, Cow Weed, Deil's Meal, Keck, Mock Chervil, Orchard Weed, Wild Caraway, Wild Chervil, Wild Parsley, Bur Chervil, Woodland Chervil
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2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Cow Parsley Overview
Cow parsley is a pretty, wild flower native to the United Kingdom, commonly found in hedgerows, field margins and verges. The white flower umbels on tall stems sway gently in the breeze in spring across the British countryside. It has become a very popular plant at the Chelsea Flower Show, and is often used in natural garden schemes.
Common problems with Cow Parsley
May be attacked by slugs, snails and caterpillars when young. Sometimes affected by powdery mildew.
How to harvest Cow Parsley
Seed can be collected in late Summer when ripe. Flowers can be picked throughout the flowering season for display.
How to propagate Cow Parsley
Sow seeds in a cold frame or under glass in spring or autumn, or sow directly into the ground in Summer.
Spreads naturally via underground roots or rhizomes.
Special features of Cow Parsley
Attracts useful insects
Flowers are good source of nectar for bees, hoverflies and other insects.
Other uses of Cow Parsley
A useful plant for dry partially shaded areas it suits informal cottage gardens or wildlife friendly gardens/pastures.
Cow parsley is said to be bitter, but edible. However, it is not recommended for consumption, as the plant looks very similar to several highly poisonous varieties.
Flowers to Sow Outside in October
Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!