Anthriscus cerefolium | Also known as: Common chervil, Hedge parsley, Garden chervil | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

It's not a weevil, it's not a gerbil, it's the tasty herb that's known as Chervil!

Anthriscus cerefolium is commonly known as Chervil. Chervil is a culinary herb with a mild aniseed flavour and is related to parsley. Originally native to the Caucasus, it was spread throughout Europe by the Romans. It grows tall and thin with small white flowers. It doesn't have any great ornamental purpose and so is generally only grown for use as an edible herb, however it is known to repel slugs, so it's a useful addition to the flowerbed if you have a slug problem.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.25
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Upright
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z1-11
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Herbs
Grown for
  • Culinary use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • For Beginners
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
  • Meadows
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • Less than one year