Selinum wallichianum

milk parsley

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist but well drained, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July-September
  • Flower colour: white
  • Other features: tolerant of a wide range of conditions
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The noted plantsman E. A. Bowles loved this plant, calling it 'the most beautiful of all fern leaved plants', and it certainly has a lot going for it. The tiny, star shaped white flowers appear in flattened umbels in midsummer and continue through to autumn. These billowing clouds of flowers appear to hover above the finely cut leaves on tall, red tinged stems. These look great in a mixed border, but to be appreciate them in all their glory, you should try not to overcrowd them - many prefer to grow them as specimen plants.

  • Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring. Remove faded flowerheads and cut back dying foliage in autumn. They resent disturbance but you can divide carefully in early spring if necessary.

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  • Q:

    Received the plant last month absolutely beautifully packed. I haven't planted it out yet as it needs to be put in my Norfolk garden later in the summer. However, despite watering it and occasionally feeding it the bottom leaves are going yellow. It doesn't appear to be potbound. Help, what am I doing wrong?
    Asked on 7/10/2013 by cow parsley mad lady from Hertfordshire

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      A:

      Hello there
      I can't say exactly why the bottom leaves are starting to go yellow but I would think it is a watering issue. It really need to be planted out as soon as possible then I am sure it will be fine.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 7/11/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
  • Q:

    Tom Stuart Smith Chelsea 2008

    Hello, I wondered if you could help me identify the plants that were supplied by Crocus for Tom Stuart-Smith's garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2008. I would be very grateful if you could let me know. Many thanks Suzanne
    Asked on 6/12/2009 by Suzanne Hind

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    • A:

      Hello Suzanne It certainly was a beautiful garden and it included the following plants.Rodgersia podophylla, Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea Strahlenquelle, Epimedium grandiflorum, Asarum europaeum, Hosta Devon Green, Paeonia Jan van Leeuwen, Astrantia major subsp. involucrate Shaggy, Selinum wallich, Darmera peltata (the one with the big, rounded leaves), and Hakonechloa macra. I hope this helps Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 6/17/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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