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Japanese hedgeparsley (Torilis japonica)

Japanese hedgeparsley Common Names: Erect hedgeparsley

Description: Plant is known in Korea for its medicinal uses to treat amnesia, acidosis and scabies. The juice of the root is used in the treatment of indigestion.

Habit: Erect; annual; grows 2-4 ft (0.6-1.2 m) tall; first year rosettes are low, parsley-like, green in to the fall; taprooted.

Leaves: Alternate, pinnately-divided, fern-like, 2-5 in long, sometimes slightly downy.

Stems: Ridged, branched, grown from thick taproot.

Flowers: Tiny, white in color, 5 petals, clustered in small, flat-topped umbels; blooms June through September.

Fruit and seeds: Small, cylindrical and covered with hooked hairs.

Habitat: Native to Eurasia. Found in waste grounds, disturbed sites, thickets, roadsides, railroads.

Reproduction: By seed, which are covered with hooked hairs that attach to any fabric or fur.

Similar species: Spreading hedgeparsley (Torilis arvensis) is very similar and invasive as well.

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pull or mow before flowering. Treat foliage with glyphosate or triclopyr in early spring and when re-sprouting after cutting; monitor the site.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium and Plants for A Future.

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Common Name:

Japanese hedgeparsley

Scientific Name:

Torilis japonica







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