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Wild Chervil

Common Name: Wild Chervil
Scientific Name: Anthriscus sylvestris
Origin: Europe


Wild chervil is a weed with fern-like leaves, growing up to about three to four feet. Around late May and early June, the weed produces five-petaled, white flowers in clusters at the top of the stem.


Wild chervil may grow in several soil types but prefers moist, rich soil. It is commonly found along roads, edges of woods, and in waste areas.


This invader competes with crops for light, nutrients, and water. The surrounding vegetation is often killed due to shading from the wild chervil. This weed can also act as a host for the parsnip yellow fleck virus which infects carrots, celery, and parsnips.


Because of its deep taproot and resistance to herbicides, controlling wild chervil can be very difficult. The most effective form of removal is to dig up the plant with its roots. Mowing can help slow vegetative spread of wild chervil by eliminating seed propagation, however, it will still spread through the root buds.

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This species has been discovered in the FL-PRISM.

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