Fool’s Parsley (Aethusa cynapium)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Fool's Parsley
Aethusa cynapium
Umbelliferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    Although fairly toxic, fool’s parsley has occasionally been used in folk medicine[268]. The herb is sedative and stomachic. It has been used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal problems, especially in children, and also to treat convulsions and summer diarrhoea[4, 61, 268]. Extreme caution in the use of this herb is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[105]. It is very inadvisable to eat this plant, see the notes above on toxicity[177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The entire plant is poisonous though less so than Conium maculatum (q.v.)[4, 10, 19]. Small amounts can cause pain, confusion of vision and vomiting[268]. The dried plant might be safe to eat[10].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no details on this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ as soon as it is ripe or in spring.
We have no details for this species, see its native habitat above for ideas on its cultivation needs. All parts of the plant have an unpleasant smell reminiscent of hemlock (Conium maculatum)[245].
Most of Europe, including Britain, to the Caucasus and south to Algeria.

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