Deeply colored foliage and clusters of white umbel flowers combine to give this easy to grow biennial an important place in the garden. The finely divided leaves are almost black but have a bluish hue on the surface that reflects the light in opalescent waves. The first year it produces only this gorgeous foliage. Combine with chartreuse/gold leaved perennials and/or shrubs for excellent contrast. In the second season the foliage extends and masses of pure white umbels wave to 3′ tall above the plant. Light and airy which is cool for a plant with deep, brooding foliage. Self sows prolifically and the seedlings are easy to spot, move, thin, dispatch. Full sun to quite a bit of shade in rich, moisture-retentive soil with light but consistent summer moisture. Excellent in woodlands or sunny borders. It makes a surprisingly good cut flower as well. Umbels…these days its all about umbels. Winter deciduous.
Family: Apiaceae Genus: Anthriscus
Plant type: Annual/Biennial, Herbaceous perennial
Biomes/Growing conditions: Dry Shade, Low Water/No Water, Oregon Coast
Sun exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
USDA Hardiness zone: Zn5a -15º to -20ºF
Foliage color: Purple/Black
Foliage season: Winter Deciduous