Fool's Parsley - Aethusa cynapium


    Low to medium hairless plant, stems ribbed, leaves 2 or 3 pinnate, dark green. Flowers white 2 mm in umbels with 10 to 20 rays, petals unequal. Bracts absent, but with 3 or 4 pendant bracteoles giving a bearded appearance.

    Identification difficulty

    Waste places, arable land and even gardens.

    When to see it

    June to October.

    Life History

    Annual, occasionally biennial.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 457 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as native, frequent

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