Date Posted: Apr 14, 2017
Parsley haw is a deciduous flowering shrub or small tree with many showy flowers that bloom in the spring. It occurs naturally in moist wooded slopes, floodplains and riverine forests. Its flowers are an important source of nectar for a variety of pollinators. The plant is a larval food source for many butterfly and moth species, and provides food and shelter for birds and small mammals.
The genus Crataegus comes from the Greek word kratus or “strong” (referring to the wood) and akakia or akis, which means “thorn.” The common name “parsley haw” refers to the resemblance of the leaves to those of the herb parsley.
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