A plant of the parsley family.
- ‘This is why it is important to have a good cross-section of indigenous plants that will host predators, such as umbellifers like fennel and dill that attract hoverfly larvae that eat aphids.’
- ‘A tall, slow growing Mediterranean umbellifer that grows wild in Greece, it makes a good structural plant for a border, or as a specimen.’
- ‘The silphium plant, a sturdy umbellifer (though with some untypical features), was a regular Cyrenaic coin type for hundreds of years.’
- ‘The airy structure of umbellifers makes them uniquely beautiful in death.’
Early 18th century: from obsolete French umbellifère, from Latin umbella parasol + - fer bearing.