Cow parsley

Annual plant species with white inflorescences. Cow parsley likes shaded places. It has a medical application: it soothes inflammation of the skin, difficult-to-heal wounds, or insect bites. Wild, non-cultivar seeds.

SKU: N058

1,503,75

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About the species

Polish name: forest chervil

Latin Name: Anthriscus sylvestris Hoffm.

Family: celeries Apiaceae (umbellifers Umbeliferae)

Status in Poland: native, common

Durability:
annual
Flower color:
White
Height:
about 100 cm
Flowering:
May-July

Morphology

A tall, though only annual plant with white umbels without involucres. The stems of this chervil are tomentosed at the base, angular in cross-section, grooved and hollow inside.

Ciliate leave , tri- or dipinnate.

The inflorescence of our plant is an umbel compound of  smaller umbels, while these in turn consist of  single, inconspicuous, snow-white flowers. Single flowers are clustered in  characteristic of chervil, devoid of involucres (bracts growing from  base of the entire inflorescence) compound umbel, with cover composed of  many leaves. The calyx of the flower is inconspicuous with  barely noticeable teeth of sepals, and  corolla with  entire-margined, obelliptical petals. There are always 5 stamens, and  2 pistils with  lower, two-ovule ovary provided with a stylopodium.

The fruit will be a schizocarp, typical for celeries, cracking at  two mericarps. In  the case of cow parsley, they are characterized by petioles always shorter than the fruit, no costas, linear or tapered shape, short rostrum, and shiny and  smooth surface.

Additional information

Sowing

A shade-loving plant. It grows on the margins of forests, by roads, in meadows, and in damp thickets, and in ruderal places.

Cow parsley is indicated for nitrogen-rich habitats. Due to the fertilization of agricultural lands, this species spreads and dominates.

Interesting facts

Cow parsley is distinguished by the most extensive geographical range  within the entire genus Anthriscus.. It occurs wild from Western Europe to  China. On  the south its compact range reaches the highlands of Abyssinia, and  detached, relict locations can be found even in  Drakensberg in  South Africa.

Eagerly used as a remedy for strengthening the body’s immunity, or as a medicine for eye inflammation.

Cow parsley in seed mixtures:

Use Value

An insect-pollinated plant willingly visited by bees. Cow parsley is a honey plant. Locally, it can be an important component of the feeding base near the apiary.

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