The Cow parsley (Anthriscus aemula) belongs to Apiaceae (the Carrot family). It is a perennial herb that is widely distributed from various parts of Japan, the Korean Peninsula, northeastern China, Central Asia to Europe. This herb grows in the damp areas of the mountains and is about 1 m high. The leaves are 2 times triternate compound, and the leaflets are finely cut and alternate. It has a scent like "Japanese parsley" (Oenanthe javanica). From April to June, the compound umbels are borne and small white flowers come in bloom. There are 5 petals, and the outer 2 are larger. Young shoots are used for wild plants and roots are used for medicinal purposes.