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Ammi majus... what's the difference?

AdRockAdRock Posts: 229


i would like to know the difference between Ammi majus (Bishop's flower), ground elder (also Bishop's flower) and cow parsley.

i tried researching on but found conflicting answers!

can anyone please help as I've just been asked to plant some Ammi majus seeds in the garden but don't really want ground elder!!


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    Forget "bishop's flower/weed" and just Google Ammi Majus. That will take you straight to the online stores selling the seeds. Cow parsley is a beautiful umbellifer that is just coming into flower on the roadside verges. Ammi Majus resembles cow parsley but has a slightly more symmetrical appearance. Ground elder is a weed that you will never be able to get rid of so avoid it like the plague. The flowers are a bit like cow parsley and ammi majus but the plant hugs the ground....and never lets go.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    Agree with Ceres. Just use the proper name for a plant and there'll be no confusion image

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,576

    cow parsley is not as precise as you might think, either. Text books will tell you it's anthriscus sylvestris, but lots of people will point to a clump of daucus corota and call it cow parsley (and both get called Queen Anne's lace). And then there's cow parsnip - Heracleum sphodylium - or hogweed. As opposed to giant hogweed. And they all look quite like hemlock if you aren't looking too botanically. 

    The thing with wild umbellifers is it's REALLY important to know which one it is, because they range from mildly toxic to deadly poisonous with hardly any difference to look at and very similar - or interchangeable - common names. So this is one class where you need to use the proper names image

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  • AdRockAdRock Posts: 229

    Great stuff, thanks for clearing that up... common names are so confusing!

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