Anthriscus sylvestris

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaApiaceaeAnthriscusAnthriscus sylvestris


A robust perennial herb, characteristic of roadsides and hedgerows, but also occurring in abandoned pastures and under-managed hay meadows, in woodland rides and edges, on railway banks, and on waste and cultivated ground. Very wet or dry habitats are avoided. Seedlings are sometimes plentiful but extension of colonies also occurs by offsets from the main stems. 0-760 m (Mt Brandon, S. Kerry) and 845 m on Great Dun Fell (Westmorland).



World Distribution

Eurasian Boreo-temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Boundary and linear features (eg hedges, roadsides, walls)

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1039

Life form information

Height (cm): 100

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Comment on Clonality

clonal growth is accompanied by almost no lateral spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2480

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 805

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 5

Atlas Change Index: -0.19

Weighted Changed Factor: -7

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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