ANTHRISCUS

FAMILY: Apiaceae

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Biennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Varies by Species
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Though both of these plants produce many umbrella-shaped clusters of tiny flowers, they are valued for their fernlike foliage. In the first species, the leaves are used in cooking; in the second, the foliage brings deep, striking color to the perennial border.

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anthriscus cerefolium

  • Annual.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • Low foliage mounds about a foot wide; 1- to 2 feet flower stems topped with white blossoms in summer.
  • The leaves have a parsleylike flavor with overtones of anise.
  • Use like parsley, fresh or dried.
  • Sow seeds in place in early spring (in cold-winter areas) or in fall (where winters are mild).
  • In the following years, volunteer seedlings will keep you supplied with new plants.
  • Goes to seed quickly in hot weather; keep flower clusters cut to encourage leafy growth.
  • Partial shade.

anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing

  • Perennial or biennial.
  • Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
  • Very attractive purple-black foliage in clump 112 feet high, 212 feet wide.
  • In late spring or early summer, flowering stems to 3 feet tall bear white blossoms with purplish pink bracts.
  • Deadhead for best appearance and to prevent self-sowing.
  • Full sun or light shade.

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