Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing
Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing has fern-like foliage which is a feature in its own right with its deep purple / brown tones. This colourful foliage also acts as a perfect foil to show off neighbouring pink and apricot flowering plants to perfection.
In late spring - early summer tall stems of tiny white flowers with pink bracts arise adding height whilst still allowing its neighbouring plants to be seen and appreciated as well. The flowers are wildlife friendly attracting mainly bees and insect pollinators as well as the odd butterfly. They are also useful as a cut flower.
Anthriscus sylvestris Ravenswing is a short-lived perennial, however, it will gently seed around so you should hopefully never lose it from your garden. The seedlings mainly stay true to type, any that are not such a strong colour are easily weeded out. However, if you do not wish it to seed just cut them back down to ground after flowering and you will be rewarded with fresh and vibrant new foliage.
It grows in most soil types, but they are best in free draining soils and placed in sun to light shade. The darker the shade the greener the foliage becomes.