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