Wild Chervil

Wild Chervil

Fact Sheet

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Latin Name: Anthriscus sylvestris

Origin:  Europe

Physical Description:   Biennial herb that has a large taproot that can extend 2m into the soil. Its stem is hairy on the lower portion and smooth on the upper portion and can grow 50 to 100 cm tall. Leaves are dark green and fern-like. Flowers have 5 petals and arranged in umbrella-shaped clusters at the top of the plant.

Habitat: This species is found in wet to moist disturbed sites along ditches, road right of ways, fence lines, and pasturelands.

Impacts:  Out-competes native plants, reduces forage and acts as host for disease for other plants in the parsley family.

Reproduction:  Exclusively by seed.

Management Options

Mechanical: Hand pulling and digging is effective if the entire root is removed.  Repeated mowing before the plant goes to seed can reduce seed production and deplete root reserves.

 Chemical: Several herbicides with the following active ingredients can control Wild chervil: aminopyralid+metsulfuron, dicamba, glyphosate, chlorsulfuron, imazapyr and metsulfuron. For available products, contact your local agri-supply store. Prior to any herbicide application, read and follow the label instructions.

 Biological: None

Additional Resources:

Best Management Practices for Wild Chervil in the Metro Vancouver Region


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