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.

    Identification difficulty

    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