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Common Name: Cowbane
Cicuta virosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Northern and central Europe, including Britain, east to Japan.
Ditches, shallow muddy waters and marshes[
Prefers a moist or wet acid soil[
One report says that the boiled leaves have been eaten[
]. This is very unwise, see the notes above on toxicity.
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.
If you have sufficient seed, outdoor sowings in situ could be tried in the spring and the autumn.