Upright Hedge-parsley - Torilis japonica

Description

Medium to tall hairy plant to 1.5 metres. Stems stiffly erect, solid, ridged. Leaves 1 to 3 pinnate. Flowers white to pinkish, or pink-purple, 2 to 3 mm in long-stalked umbels with 5 to 12 rays. Petals somewhat unequal; bracts present.

Similar Species

Similar to Cow Parsley but can be distinguished by its finer leaves and less robust form. It also flowers after Cow Parsley.

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Habitat

Grassy habitats, especially on dry soils.

When to see it

July to September.

Life History

Annual, occasionally biennial.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain except in the north of Scotland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 529 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map