Fool's parsley

Aethusa cynapium

Importance

Common and widely distributed except in the north of England and Scotland, where it is local.

Fool's parsley - young1. Cotyldons gradually narrow into a longer stalk.
Fool's parsley 22. First leaves are deeply divided into three lobes, each with two to three deep indentations.
Fool's parsley 33. Annual to biennial with an unpleasant smell, this plant is poisonous and erect. Its stem is hollow and branched. Leaves are two to three fingered. Flowers July to August. (Photo © Alamy Ltd)