Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’
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Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ is the most elegant and garden-worthy form of the common cow parsley. With stunning, rich deep purple, almost black, finely cut ferny foliage the first year, it explodes the second year with delicate clusters of small white flowers held above the darkest of foliage. Grown for both the foliage and the frothy umbels, it is so popular among Chelsea designers that this plant is in danger of becoming a cliché!
Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ has stunning, rich deep purple, almost black, finely cut ferny foliage.
Growing to around 50cm tall and as wide, the plants are best in a full sun to light shaded position with regular water and rich soil. Too much shade results in green leaves.
This biennial or short-lived perennial will flower in its second summer. You can cut the stems back to maintain the foliage-only look, or let them self-sow for new plants. It comes true from seed, but be selective and choose the darkest of the seedlings which can be easily moved or potted on.
Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ make a perfect plant for a wild garden or meadow, and an effective companion to ornamental grasses. The lace foliage and frothy umbels of flowers are excellent in the vase. Use them for fillers in bouquets as you would Queen Anne’s lace.
Sowing: Sow outdoors in September to February or May to June.
- 500 mg
- 25 seeds