Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing Cow Parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing Cow Parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing Cow Parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing Cow Parsley
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Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' Cow Parsley

An ornamental wildflower, deservedly popular with garden designers due to its tall, airy stems of dainy flowers and purple leaves.
  • Dark purple, almost black, finely cut, ferny leaves, followed by frothy umbels of dainty white flowers.
  • Also known as Queen’s Anne’s Lace, this irresistible form of cow parsley comes true from seed and it self seeds freely so you're never without a supply of fresh plants.
  • Easy to grow in sun or partial shade, Anthriscus is fully hardy and perfect for growing in a large informal cottage garden scheme, or in meadow and prairie planting.
  • The lacy heads and feathery leaves continue in succession for several weeks in early summer and make a dramatic cut flower.
  • Supplied as a collection of 6 jumbo plug plants ready for potting on or planting out.

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An elegant purple form of our native cow parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' has almost black, finely cut, ferny leaves in the first year, followed by frothy umbels of dainty white flowers in its second.

Also known as Queen’s Anne’s Lace, this dramatic variety is a biennial or a short-lived perennial that comes true from seed and it self seeds freely so you're never without a supply of fresh plants.

Seen as a definite trend at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where re-wilding (a soft and natural planting style) was a favourite technique among the garden designs.

Easy to grow in sun or partial shade, Anthriscus is fully hardy and perfect for growing in a large informal cottage garden scheme, or in meadow and prairie planting where it's lacy heads and feathery leaves continue in succession for several weeks in early summer.

Remove the spent flower heads to promote leaf growth and prevent self seeding - why not cut some blooms for your home where they'll make a dramatic cut flower.

Supplied as a collection of 6 jumbo plug plants.

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Item 480516 supplied as:
Supplied as a collection of 6 jumbo plug plants ready for potting on or planting out.

Plant Care Information

Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

When planting out, avoid soil that is waterlogged or permanently damp.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing':

  • Grow Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade
    Water your potted plant well.
  • Unpack plugs immediately and stand them in water for an hour.
  • If you can’t do this, they can sit in their Mini Greenhouses for a week if upright and not too wet.
  • Plugs may be slightly dry or yellow after being in a dark box in the post, but they’ll quickly recover.
  • Put them somewhere warm, light and airy such as a windowsill or greenhouse.
  • When potting on, handle plugs carefully. Pot on using our 9cm pots in Shuttle Trays, using good multi-purpose compost.
  • Give your plants a good water initially, then only when the top compost starts to dry. They don’t like to be left in standing water.
  • Plant approx. 20cm (8in) apart to allow them room to grow.
  • Feed using a high-potash feed such as Blooming Fast Superior Soluble Fertiliser for Flowers & Fruits, to encourage flowering.
  • Dead head when flowers fade to encourage more flowers.


Aftercare Advice for Ravenswing Cow Parsley

  • Provide support in spring before the flowers appear.
  • Water regularly until established

Pruning Advice for Anthriscus:

  • Plants self-seed readily, so remove faded flowers promptly if you dent want seedlings.
  • In autumn cut it back to just above ground level and apply a generous layer of mulch around the roots.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
50 cm
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