Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

3 × 9cm pots £23.97 £21.00
9cm pot £7.99
available to order from midsummer
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Buy Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' cow parsley: Decorative purple foliage and white flowers

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • 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.

  • Humans/Pets: Harmful to skin with sunlight

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Gorgeous plant with height and clusters of flowers


Lovely plant, I bought a few to go between some grasses and just adds a little to them. They grow quite tall so fit well in the middle of a border. When I first got them they were in a great condition and they are still going strong.




Pretty plant


Did not flower last summer but looks healthy. It has wintered well.




I absolutely love those


I was really please with those. Firstly they grew well, despite my garden not having too much sunlight. Most other plants don't thrive, but they did. Secondly, they are beautiful, different, a bit like lace. They lasted for a very long time, and remained beautiful without flowers.




Strong plants


They were lovely strong plants when put into the garden several months ago but since then we have had all this snow and so far there is no sign of my plants....only time and some warm weather will tell.




I would recommend this


Arrived in excellent condition (as all plants do from Crocus). Makes a very striking show when grown with brightly coloured flowers eg montarda, osteopermum etc. Also good grown mid boarder on its own because of red coloured stems.

The Gnome



Delicate white flowers


This is a plant I love . Pretty leaves an dedicate white flowers. Can grow very large but I keep in a pot and it is a good filler then


South Easr


great plant


This plant arrived in great condition. This plant is versatile and great when planted in conjunction with other plants ie just about any plant/s. It is very striking with it's tall (about 4ft), dark red/black stems with little cowparsley like flowers

The Gnome



Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing

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When should one plant ravenswing?


Hello, This is fully hardy, so can be planted at any time of the year (provided the soil is not frozen in winter), but if you do plant in summer, do make sure it is kept well watered.


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

kelly mackenzie

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

Crocus Helpdesk

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

Carole Tyson

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.

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Indulge a passion for ornamental grasses by creating a prairie- or meadow-style garden. They can be richly planted with native wildflowers or a selection of complementary perennials and self-seeding annuals to create a naturalistic planting effect.

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