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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From a distance, Anthriscus sylvestris makes a fine, frothy picture, full of creamy softness.
DELICATE Anthriscus sylvestris growing among grass in woodland
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'.
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing', a selected form of cow parsley with lacy, purple-brown leaves and umbels of tiny white flowers with small pink bracts in May and June.