Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

cow parsley

2 litre pot
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The sophisticated, dark-leaved form of our native cow parsley has delicate, white lacy umbels that are perfect for wilder areas where soft blowsy planting is needed

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    An elegant purple form of common cow parsley, this has pretty clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers in late spring and early summer, highlighted by the lacy, deeply cut dark purple foliage. This plant is biennial or a short-lived perennial, but it self seeds freely unless you remove the spent flower heads. This makes it a perfect plant for a wild garden or meadow, and an effective companion to ornamental grasses.

  • Garden care: Support with brushwood or link stakes in spring before the flowers appear. In autumn cut it back to just above ground level and apply a generous layer of mulch around the roots.

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  • Q:

    If the seed is collected or allowed to spread naturally, will the new plants remain the purple variety, or is it possible that ordinary cow parsley will appear?
    Asked on 29/5/2015 by Ian45 from Derby

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    • Plant Doctor



      If 'Ravenswing' is grown in isolation, there is a good chance that may of the seedlings will also have darker leaves, but inevitably some will not, so these will need to be thinned out as they appear.

      Answered on 1/6/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    It has appeared to me that some anthriscus have pink tinged flowers,is that due to the photos?
    Asked on 22/5/2014 by old-timer from Devon

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    • Plant Doctor



      The Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing has creamy white flowers, but they are surrounded by small pink bracts.

      Answered on 29/5/2014 by helen from crocus
  • Q:

    as anthriscus sylvestris is a form of cow parsley does it have the same root formation ? it looks ideal for what I want but I'm not keen to plant anything quite as vigorous as the wild variety.
    Asked on 25/4/2014 by rocketdog from Suffolk

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor



      This plant will colonise an area quite quickly if it is happy as although it is a biennial or a short-lived perennial, it can self-seed freely.

      Answered on 25/4/2014 by helen from crocus
  • Q:

    2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry

    Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, Kelly
    Asked on 5/4/2010 by kelly mackenzie

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 6/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
  • Q:

    How to prune Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

    I purchased an Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' plant from you 1 or 2 years ago and it has flowered really well this year. The flowers are now running to seed and I am not sure what to do with it. It has no leaves at the base, only at stem junctions. Should I cut the flower heads off, cut it back further, or leave it alone? I lost a previous plant, possibly by cutting it hard back, so I am a bit wary of making another mistake! any advice would be very helpful. Carole
    Asked on 24/6/2009 by Carole Tyson

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello Carole,These plants are often quite short-lived, so your previous plant may simply have died of natural causes. They usually self seed though, which encourages more plants to follow on in subsequent years. If you want your plant to self-seed, then leave the spent flowerheads on until it has released its seeds in late summer or autumn. After that the plant should be cut back to just above ground level and a generous layer of mulch applied around the root area.

      Answered on 25/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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