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Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Genus: Anthriscus.

Species: Anthriscus sylvestris.

Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Rate of growth: fast
Flowering period: May to July
Hardiness: fully hardy

An elegant purple form of common cow parsley, this has pretty clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers in late spring and early summer, highlighted by the lacy, deeply cut dark purple foliage. This plant is biennial or a short-lived perennial, but it self seeds freely unless you remove the spent flower heads. This makes it a perfect plant for a wild garden or meadow, and an effective companion to ornamental grasses.

Garden care: Support with brushwood or link stakes in spring before the flowers appear. In autumn cut it back to just above ground level and apply a generous layer of mulch around the roots.

Photos of this plant

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