• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Anthriscus sylvestris

cow parsley

  • Other common names cow parsley
    cow weed

    deil's meal
    mock chervil
    orchard weed
    Queen Anne's lace
    wild caraway
    wild chervil
    wild parsley

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  • Synonyms Cerefolium sylvestre

  • Family Apiaceae

  • Genus Anthriscus can be annuals, biennials or perennials, with fern-like leaves and umbels of tiny white flowers

  • Details A. sylvestris is a common British wild plant, flowering on hedge banks and roadsides in late spring and early summer with frothy white umbels composed of numerous small flowers

  • Plant range Eurasia


  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Columnar/Upright

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect West-facing or South-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Clay


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 1-1.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 1-2 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grown in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. It is biennial or short-lived perennial

Propagation Propagate by seed. Sow seeds in a cold frame in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wildlife Gardens Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning Deadhead to prevent prolific self-seeding

Pests Slugs, snails and caterpillars can damage young growth

Diseases Powdery mildew may be a problem

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