Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' is an irresistible form of our native Cow Parsley and has dark, green-brownish-purple leaves and stems, perfect contrast for lacy heads of white flowers which continue in succession for several weeks in early summer.
Anthriscus sylvestris, also known as Cow Parsley, Wild Chervil, Wild Beaked Parsley, Keck, or Queen Anne's Lace, is a herbaceous short-lived perennial plant in the family Apiaceae. It is native to Europe, western Asia and north western Africa; in the south of its range in the Mediterranean region, it is limited to higher altitudes. It is related to other diverse members of Apiaceae such as parsley, carrot, hemlock and hogweed. The hollow stem grows to a height of between 60–170cm, branching to umbels of small white flowers. Flowering time is mid-spring to early summer. The tri-pinnate leaves are 15–30cm long and have a triangular form. The leaflets are ovate and subdivided.
Provide full sun and average to dry soil. Cut off flower stalks to prolong foliage vigour and reduce possible self-seeding.
Pruning \ Aftercare : Remove faded flower stems.