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Wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Wild chervil Common Names: False chervil

Description: This plant is edible. It is also considered to be a natural mosquito repellent.

Habit: Biennial; grows 3-4 ft but can grow up to 6 ft; tuberous roots are aggressive and spread rapidly.

Leaves: Fern-like, nearly hairless (some hairs on lower surface), divided into smaller leaflets which in turn are also divided, leaf bases surround stem, can grow over 1 ft long.

Stems: Hollow and furrowed; soft-hairy below, smooth above; fringe of hairs at stem nodes.

Flowers: White in color, 5 petals, produced in umbels (umbrella-like cluster) at end of stems, produces 2 joined seeds with small antenna-like structures at the top; blooms May through June.

Fruit and seeds: About 1/4 inch long, at first green, then shiny dark brown at maturity.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Found in woods, roadsides, prairies, hayfields, pastures, waste places, and disturbed areas.

Reproduction: By seed and lateral budding at top of roots.

Similar species: Fool's parsley (Aethusa cynapium); Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum); Eastern hemlockparsley (Conioselinum chinense); Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota); Caraway (Carum carvi).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling, cut at or below soil level, mowing; effectively controlled using any of several readily available general use herbicides such as clopyralid and dicamba.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the USDA PLANTS Database and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

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Common Name:

Wild chervil

Scientific Name:

Anthriscus sylvestris




Annual, Biennial



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