Information on Upright Hedge-parsley

Common Name: Upright Hedge-parsley
Scientific Name: Torilis japonica
Irish Name: Fionnas fáil
Family Group: Apiaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Upright Hedge-parsley is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


Tall, familiar wildflower of country roads and laneways throughout the country, this annual plant displays its pretty flowers from July to September.  Reaching up to 1 metre high, the plant has small pale pink flowers (2-3mm) which have notched petals, the outer petals being longer than the inner petals.  These flowers are borne on slender, solid, unspotted, stalks (which have downward pointing hairs) in terminal umbels, each umbel having up to 12 rays.  The leaves are hairy, lanceolate and one- to three-pinnate, the upper leaves being quite small and often trifoliate. The egg-shaped fruits which follow are covered with tiny hooks, ensuring their distribution. This is a native plant which belongs to the family Apiaceae. 

My first record of this plant is in Gibletstown, Co Wexford in 2005 when I also photographed it.   

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Hedge-parsley, Upright
Hedge-parsley, Upright

Although pollinated by insects, this plant is self-fertile having both male and female organs.  Also known as Japanese Hedge Parsley and Devil's Nightcap.