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Cow Parsley

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Cow Parsley
Walking my son up to school through Highbury Park this week we noticed how beautiful the cow parsley is at the moment. I was keen to take a few photographs but the skies had been very grey until this morning when the sun came out. So it being a weekend I took my camera up to grab a few shots on the way to the shops. I found it very hard to do justice to the sea of delicate white flowers floating at the foot of the trees.

The plant's Latin name is Anthriscus Sylvestris but it has several common names, many of which can be found on this website. My favourites are those that suggest the plant's appearance such as Needlework, Queen Anne's Lace and Moonlight. (although Naughty Man's Oatmeal is pretty good too). It's a biennial plant that grows at the edges of woodlands and hedges and by the roadside. It is too invasive to have in most people's gardens but there are alternatives that are more suited including Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing', Myrrhis odorata, Ammi majus, Chaerophyllum hirsutum roseum.