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Aethusa cynapium - L.

Common Name Fool's Parsley
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The entire plant is poisonous though less so than Conium maculatum (q.v.)[4, 10, 19]. Small amounts can cause pain, confusion of vision and vomiting[268]. The dried plant might be safe to eat[10].
Habitats Grows in waste places and is also a common weed of cultivated ground but rarer in the north of Britain[9, 17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, to the Caucasus and south to Algeria.
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Aethusa cynapium Fool


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Aethusa cynapium is a ANNUAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft). It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[105]. It is very inadvisable to eat this plant, see the notes above on toxicity[177].

Medicinal Uses

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Anticonvulsant  Antidiarrhoeal  Sedative  Stomachic

Although fairly toxic, fool's parsley has occasionally been used in folk medicine[268]. The herb is sedative and stomachic. It has been used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal problems, especially in children, and also to treat convulsions and summer diarrhoea[4, 61, 268]. Extreme caution in the use of this herb is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have no details for this species, see its native habitat above for ideas on its cultivation needs. All parts of the plant have an unpleasant smell reminiscent of hemlock (Conium maculatum)[245].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no details on this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ as soon as it is ripe or in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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