Irish wildflowers

Photographs: Baltimore, Co.Cork

Fool's Parsley
Aethusa cynapium
Peirsil amaide
Family: Apiaceae

Flowering time: April-October. Annual, occasionally biennial.

Umbels of white flowers, unequal petals, distinctive bracteoles. Ridged fruit.
Leaves triangular, 2 or 3 times pinnate, dark-green. Deeply pinnate lanceolate leaflets. Branched leafy hollow stems, finely ridged. Hairless. Height: 20-80 cm.

Grows on waste and cultivated ground, roadsides. Found throughout, but most frequent in E and S Ireland. Possibly introduced.

Photographs: Near Baltimore, Co.Cork. July 2007

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