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Fool's Parsley ??

Observed: 4th August 2012 By: mjk424
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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169-Fool's Parsley
170- Fool's Parsley

Is this Fool's Parsley (Aethusa cynapium)? The second photo shows the plant from a distance ; it stood about 3ft tall, if that is of any extra help.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) interacts


lavateraguy's picture

Not fool's parsley

It lacks the distinctive bracteoles of Aethusa cynapium.

lavateraguy's picture

Yes, hogweed

I missed the leaf, which is enough to tip the balance.

mjk424's picture

Thank you

Thank you very much; I ruled out Hogweed simply because of the size, but there's obviously a lot more details to look for once you know, but I just went on my very limited knowledge, what a fool ( please excuse that terrible pun!)

Thank you to everyone who has been contributing to my observations, I am learning a lot.

chrisbrooks's picture


At first glance a lot of these white umbellifers look very similar indeed and they can vary in size depending on where they are growing etc. A shot of the stem and the leaves is always useful for identification.