Anthriscus cerefolium

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anthriscus (an-THRIS-kus) (Info)
Species: cerefolium (ker-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


Foliage Color:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Castro Valley, California

San Anselmo, California

San Francisco, California

Gainesville, Florida

Saint Louis, Missouri

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Binghamton, New York

Deposit, New York

Johnson City, New York

Coos Bay, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Milford, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Radford, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 18, 2016, DarthContinent from Gainesville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Sowed seed successfully and healthy, bushy plants grew in containers.

Vulnerable to frost, as you might expect, but in Florida at least I discovered to my dismay that they're highly attractive to aphids. Plant with companions like onion, garlic, etc. to ward off insects, or in an area with ladybird or lacewing beetles as aphids are a favorite prey of theirs. Also can use organic Neem-based spray to control, but must do so as early as possible into infestation.


On Jan 14, 2010, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

In my climate I grow this plant in Fall and Winter. I make my famous Chervil soup with it, I can't find this herb in the stores so I grow it myself.

It is easy to grow, fast and lovely.
As soon as the weather gets warmer it bolts though, and then the leaves aren't as flavorful anymore.


On Jul 7, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Since I didn't follow instructions to plant in Fall, Chervil had a rough start in my garden. In general, I had a low germination rate, in two different locations in the garden. Then, the ones that did grow apparently got too much sun, so that they bolted while still at a diminutive size. I sowed in Cilantro with it later, which is doing much better. Researching further, Chervil likes cool weather, hence sow in Fall, and sure enough I had a lovely self seeded bounty in November, which has stayed evergreen throughout our winter. A possibility for inclusion in the "cover crop" category??


On Jul 29, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

Looks like parsley only smaller, more lacy, paler green and has a lovely faint flavor of anise. Great in salads. Called for in French recipes. Reseeds freely. I get a crop in early spring and late summer. When I was in France one year in early June, I found it frequently in salads in restaurants.
Reseeds itself if allowed to go to seed.


On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Such a lacy, daintly little plant that seeds itself freely. I love it, and so do my pet rabbits!

It resents transplanting.


On Nov 5, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

In zone 9 grows best in partial shade.
Makes a wonderfull chervil and potato soup, quite European, if you need recipe, just ask!
Good with eggs, vegetables, fish or just plain garnish.


On Jan 22, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Chervil is one of the French 'fines herbes'. The seed must be planted where it is to grow, as transplanting causes it to bolt. If the plant isn't well-established, it will not set viable seed.

Chervil grows best in cool weather; late-summer sowings produce enough herbs to harvest all winter, until summer causes flowering.

Fresh chervil can be stored in vinegar to produce a flavor-suffused herbal vinegar suitable for fresh use or cooking.


On Oct 5, 2001, Sis wrote:

PEST AND DISEASE PREVENTION: Keep mulch away from plants to prevent earwig damage(plants defoliated overnight).

SPECIAL TIPS: Loses flavor quickly when heated,so add to recipes at the end.

OTHER COMMON NAMES: Salad chervil.


On Aug 16, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Resembles parsley with light green leaves but it is more delicate and ferny.The umbrella-like clusters of white flowers on stems up to 2 feet high appear in late summer. You can find both curly and flat leaf forms.Use fresh leaves as you would parsley.It has a light anise flavor.Freeze leaves to preserve mild flavor; dried chervil has little flavor.