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Plantidote of the day 2011-06-18

jerztomato's picture

cow parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris "Ravenswing"

cow parsley, wild chervil

This biennial (in some cases perennial zones 7-10) prefers full sun and average to dry soil. It's probably edible, as I have found recipes (using the common green cow parsley) on line although the green version could easily be confused with hemlock. The green version is banned for sale in Washington and Massachusetts as it profusely self seeds and is considered a noxious weed. Ravenswing also self seeds, but the slugs love the seedlings, so I don't have a problem with too many plants. The foliage is amazing!
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twig's picture
Submitted by twig on

"It's probably edible ...." :-)

Looks like this'll grow here, so I'll try it. Chervil seems very subtle flavor-wise, but maybe homegrown has a little more taste.

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Submitted by Kathryn on will dry nicely and work in arrangements.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I wouldn't dry it. The stems are very fragile. The little flowers turn into tiny seeds. If you like this look I would dry dill, the flower head looks the same, but a bit more substantial.