Cow Parsley - Anthriscus sylvestris

Alt Name

Medium to tall, rather robust plant to 1.5 metres. Leaves dull green 3 pinnate. Flowers white 3 to 4 mm in umbels with 4 to 15 rays, without lower bracts.

Photo ID?

Rough grassy habitats, hedgerows, banks and roadside verges.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History

Biennial or perennial, rarely an annual.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain though scarcer in the north

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 605 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map