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Flowering plant

Observed: 9th April 2013 By: coloursofmemorycoloursofmemory’s reputation in Plantscoloursofmemory’s reputation in Plantscoloursofmemory’s reputation in Plants

Looks like a red cow parsley. Dies right back in winter. Very dark purple/red soft leaves once at full height. Approx 150cm tall by mid summer, with white cow-parsley type flowers (much loved by bees). The leaves have no odour when crushed. Root is like a parsnip.

    Likely ID
    Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Very popular at Chelsea a couple of years ago.

Lots of people bought them, then discovered that they seed just as prolifically as ordinary white cow parsley, and because they hybridise freely, most of the offspring are not the clear dark purple of the original.

This looks like a garden escape/hybid, as the colours are a wash of green/purple.

Rachy Ramone

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