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Common Name: Cow Parsley
Scientific Name: Anthriscus sylvestris
Anthriscus sylvestris, more commonly known as cow parsley, wild chervil, wild beaked parsley, keck, or Queen Anne's lace, is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant in the family Apiaceae, genus Anthriscus. It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwestern Africa and is related to other diverse members of Apiaceae, such as parsley, carrot, hemlock and hogweed.
Cow parsley grows in sunny to semi-shaded locations in meadows and at the edges of hedgerows and woodland. It is a particularly common sight by the roadside. It is sufficiently common and fast-growing to be considered a nuisance weed in gardens. The hollow stem grows to a height of 60 to 170 cm (24 to 67 in), branching to umbels of small white flowers. Flowering time is mid spring to early summer. Widespread throughout the UK.
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