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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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Weed Potential No
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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: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly 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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Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

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

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Medicinal Uses

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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

Special Uses

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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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Plant 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.

Other Names

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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

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Aethusa cynapiumFool's ParsleyAnnual1.2 -  LMHFSNDM11 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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