In the UK this plant makes the first greenery of the year in December and January in field edges and on cliff pathways. The sprays of flowers are yellow-green in colour, and its amazing heads of large, attractive, shiny seeds are jet-black. Originally the Romans brought it with them to eat, leaf, stem, root, and buds, although it is now almost forgotten as a foodstuff, but still grows wild in many parts of Europe. It is intermediate in flavour between celery and parsley and was once used in many dishes, but has now been replaced by celery.
Sow immediately at any time onto preferably a soil-based compost, covering with fine grit to approximately their own depth. Germination MAY be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. but many seeds WILL NOT come up the year they are sown, needing winter chilling after sowing, and ONLY come up with natural spring germination.
Common name:Alexanders, Alisanders, Horse Parsley
Seeds / gram:30 (Approx)