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Anthriscus cerefolium

Phonetic Spelling
an-THRIS-kus ser-eh-FOL-ee-um
Description

Chervil is an herb native to the Middle East, Russia and the Caucasus but has spread to much of the world including the more northern areas of North America. It is generally grown as an annual but in milder areas can be a biennial. The leaves and flowers are used to season poultry, seafood, and vegetables and have an herbal, parsley, faint licorice flavor. They are often added to omelets, salads, butters and soups. Chervil is a great companion plant for radishes and lettuces.

To propagate, sow seeds in the ground or in pots in the early spring– they need light to germinate and do not transplant well.  Space plants 15 in. apart.  This plant prefers moist well-drained soils in partial to full sun. Use in a container or edible garden. The fern-like leaves are attractive enough to use in the garden.

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#annual#edible plant#biennial#white flowers#edible flowers#showy leaves#herb garden#edible garden#edible leaves#partial shade tolerant#herb#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
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Tags:
#annual#edible plant#biennial#white flowers#edible flowers#showy leaves#herb garden#edible garden#edible leaves#partial shade tolerant#herb#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Anthriscus
    Species:
    cerefolium
    Family:
    Apiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Has been used medicinally in the past
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Biennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Middle East, Russia and the Caucasus
    Distribution:
    world-wide
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators to the nectar and pollen-rich flowers
    Edibility:
    Leaves common, but flowers and seeds as well; Use leaves in salads, soups, sauces, teas, and butters. Leaves can be harvested throughout the summer and fall.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Herb
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Umbel
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Small white 5 petaled flowers in umbrels 1-2 inches across. Blooms late spring to summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Light green feathery tripinnate leaves may be curly or flat with a mild aniseed flavor. They are fern-like in appearance
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    Yes
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators