anthriscus sylvestris

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cow parsley

cow parsley

Hollow stem, grows to 6 ft (2m), common roadside plant. Has somewhat unpleasant flavor, stronger than garden chervil with hint of carrot. Leaves used as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral and fungal. Expectorant (cough, cold, asthma) used for depression, stress, insomnia, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, crohn’s, diabetes, leukemia, kidney, stomach, digestive dosorders, dropsy, migranes. Leaves used for green dye. Flowers decorative uses. Causes uterine contractions, do not take while pregnant.
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It seems likely that these species exerted competitive forces on the larger-seeded species such as Anthriscus sylvestris, Heracleum sphondylium, and Vicia cracca, none of which produced a single flowering individual throughout the first 2 yr of the experiment, even though they produced large populations of persistent juveniles.
If they can rise up from a carpet of ajuga or through the ferny, bronze foliage of Anthriscus sylvestris '''' Raven''''s Wing'''', so much the better.
She said some of the plants incorporated in the garden include midnight coloured iris and amber foxgloves and went on: "These colours are balanced by the soft blues and aubergine hue of purple leaved cow parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing', spires of Salvia nemorosa and Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta'.