Molopospermum peloponnesiacum

16 Sep

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Late spring to mid summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 1.8m

Eventual Spread: 1.8m

Hardiness: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Family: Apiaceae

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with an open spreading habit. Its mid green leaves are alternate and deeply lobed with a toothed margin. Its green/ cream flowers are terminal compound umbels. Its fruit are achenes.

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum, commonly known as Striped Hemlock, Couscouil, Wild Angelica, or Coscoll (in Catalan), is native to the southern Alps, the Pyrenees and parts of Greece. In its native habitat it grows at woodland edges, glades and open alpine conditions.

The etymological root of the binomial name Molopospermum is from the Greek molops meaning ‘a stripe’ or ‘mark of a stripe’ and sperma meaning ‘seed’. Peloponnesiacum is from the Latin meaning of or from Peloponnesia, in Greece.

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum Leaf (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum Leaf (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find Molopospermum peloponnesiacum useful as an attractive plant suitable for dappled dry woodland planting.

Ecologically,  Molopospermum peloponnesiacum flowers are attractive to some pollinating insects.

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Molopospermum peloponnesiacum requires little maintenance. The foliage may be cut back in late summer/ early  winter to keep a tidy appearance.

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