Selinum Wallichianum or milk parsley
A woodland plant really, suited for semi-shade, moist but free draining soil.
- The noted plantsman E. A. Bowles loved this plant, calling it ‘the most beautiful of all fern leaved plants’, and it certainly has a lot going for it. The tiny, star shaped white flowers appear in flattened umbels in midsummer and continue through to autumn. These billowing clouds of flowers appear to hover above the finely cut leaves on tall, red tinged stems. These look great in a mixed border, but to appreciate them in all their glory, you should try not to overcrowd them – many prefer to grow them as specimen plants.
- Garden care: Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring. Remove faded flowerheads and cut back dying foliage in autumn. They resent disturbance but you can divide carefully in early spring if necessary.
Sow seeds IMMEDIATELY you receive them, at any time of the year, they depend on having several months, sometimes up to a year in cold, damp compost, before they will germinate. Keep the seed tray moist in a cold area. They are tricky to germinate, any interference will cause them to enter even deeper dormancy.