Chervil is an annual plant in the umbellifer family and is widely grown for culinary use.

Also known as:
Garden chervil
French parsley

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Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium), an annual plant in the umbellifer family (Umbelliferae or Apiaceae). For culinary use, Anthriscus cerefolium ssp. cerefolium most commonly used. Sow in greenhouse or windowsill cultivation; since transplanting the young plants is difficult, it is better to limit cultivation to the greenhouse and/or windowsill. Or sow immediately in late March, early April in the final spot in the open ground, do choose a sheltered spot. In the open ground, sow a few seeds every other week so there is always fresh chervil. Chervil blooms quickly; it is best to harvest the leaves before flowering. In poor soil, chervil is going to seed (bolting) quickly. Chervil can also be grown in a pot, put it in partial shade.

There are some poisonous plant species that are very similar to chervil:
Rough chervil (Chaerophyllum temulum),
Hemlock (Conium maculatum).


Crumpled leaves: Aphid (Aphidoidea).

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