Wild Chervil

Anthriscus sylvestris

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anthriscus (an-THRIS-kus) (Info)
Species: sylvestris (sil-VESS-triss) (Info)
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction


Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Van Buren, Arkansas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 2, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A Massachusetts state prohibited plant, and in Washington, a class B noxious weed. A recent infestation in Vermont has gathered a lot of media attention.

Hardy to Z3a


On Jun 6, 2011, SilverVanilla from Durham, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant has been spread around here in Ontario with claims of it being "Sweet Cicely" or Osmorhiza claytoni. They are both in the Parsley family and both have a licorice like smell. It re-seeds itself rapidly and also propagates from it's taproots. It is almost impossible to dig it out! The University of Guelph is frantically researching ways to get rid of it. It is very invasive and seems to grow well under any conditions! By the way, referring to the Audubon Society Wild Chervil or Honewort's latin name is Cryptotaenia canadensis. It is also a member of the Parsley family but looks different.


On Apr 26, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Thanks for the commentary (above). I'd tried to germinate Anthriscus sylvestris 'Raven' because I saw it in the UK and thought it a gorgeous plant. I'll stop hoping the seeds germinate now.


On Apr 26, 2005, gharris from (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is an invasive plant, noxious weed, which should never be planted in the US! There are very limited options for getting rid of the plant once it is established, even when using chemical controls. Also, the sap causes photosensitivity, and in large doses has been resopnsible for serious burns (i.e. weed-whacking in shorts). Bad, bad, bad plant, with serious economic impacts on crop production in my area of Central VT, including forages, pasture, fruits and berries. Shades out native vegetation, propogates vegetatively and by seed, causes spoilage in hay crops, etc., etc. I can't say enough BAD things about this plant!!


On Dec 17, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A noxious weed to be sure, Wild Chervil is taking over my home town of St. John's, Newfoundland. Overall, it is a rare European exotic in North America, but it is way to common at home. They prefer damp waste places, streamsides and shorelines. All of our streams and lakes around St. John's are being choked by this plant and we have no natural predators.