Herb: Meadow Parsley

Latin name: Oenanthe pimpinelloides

Family: Umbelliferae

Edible parts of Meadow Parsley:

Root. Starchy with a flavour somewhat like filberts, is much esteemed in some areas. Some caution is advised since many members of this genus are very poisonous, see the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

June to

Habitat of the herb:

Meadows and damp grassy places.

Propagation of Meadow Parsley:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Meadows and damp grassy places.

Medicinal use of Meadow Parsley:

None known

Known hazards of Oenanthe pimpinelloides:

Many species in this genus are very poisonous, one report has been found so far saying that this species is also poisonous. It is said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.