Wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Wild chervil

(Anthriscus sylvestris)


  • Herbaceous perennial that grows up to 1m in height
  • Stems are hollow and pubescent
  • Alternately arranged, compound, fern-like leaves
  • Flowers are white and have 5 notched petals
  • Blooms from May – June

Consequences of invasion

  • Grows aggressively, outcompeting native vegetation
  • Its height and density allow it to cover other species in shade, preventing photosynthesis
  • Outcompetes forage available to wildlife and is not palatable to them
  • Host to the plant disease yellow fleck virus

Integrated Pest Management Options

  • Hand pulling or digging
  • Mature plants must be removed below the crown to prevent re-sprouting
  • Mowing must be repeated before the plant sets seed
  • Chemical treatment is often not an option due to the wet habitat preference
  • Cut and bag flowering plants and dispose them at your local landfill
  • Choose wildflower seed mixtures carefully
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