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Herbaceous Perennial

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

cow parsley 'Ravenswing'

'Ravenswing' is a decorative cow parsley with deep-purple leaves and pink-tinged flowers. It is a short-lived perennial

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Purple
Summer White Purple
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Apiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Cut down to near ground level in early autumn and mulch well

Propagation

Propagate by seed; sow seeds in a cold frame in autumn or spring and select dark-leaved seedlings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prevent prolific self-seeding

Pests

Slugs, snails and caterpillars can damage young growth

Diseases

Powdery mildews may be a problem

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