A picture of a Chervil

Chervil

Anthriscus cerefolium

Buy Chervil

Also known as

Garden Chervil, Hedge Parsley, Common Chervil, Curled Chervil, French Chervil, Salad chervil

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H7-H3

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Chervil

A photo of Chervil
A photo of Chervil

Buy Chervil on Candide

Browse more items

Chervil Overview

Anthriscus cerefolium is more often known by the names Chervil, Hedge Parsley or Garden Chervil. Chervil is a fern-like herb, similar to parsley in appearance. It produce feathery green foliage and white flowers. Considered a gourmet herb, it has a sweeter, more delicate flavour particularly important in French cuisine with herbs like parsley, chives and tarragon. Hedge Parsley is ideal for moist, cooler, shaded areas in herb gardens for it will bolt when too hot.

Common problems with Chervil

Carrot motley dwarf disease, leaves get an abnormal colour, and causes a reduced root system. Treat with insecticide.

Chervil Companion Plants

How to harvest Chervil

Leaves are ready to be harvested within 6 to 8 weeks of sowing, before flowering. Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed and allow seedheads to dry on plants.

How to propagate Chervil

Seed

Sowing time best in spring in cool climates or in Autumn in warmer areas. Germination time is 2-3 weeks. The seedlings do not transplant well and should be seeded directly in place.

Special features of Chervil

Attracts bees

Crop rotation

Light Feeder

Repels harmful insects

Planted close to lettuce it will protect them from ants.

Other uses of Chervil

Culinary, containers. Young chervil leaves can be used fresh, dried or frozen as a garnish or flavouring for many dishes. It is one of the herbs used in the seasoning mix called 'Fines Herbes' and is an essential ingredient in Bearnaise sauce. A versatile and flavourful ingredient in an array of dishes, yet can be overpowered by stronger herbs, so make sure you choose carefully when combining with other spices. Chervil is a lovely ornamental garnish for summer dishes and is a very attractive garden plant that will self-sow readily.

Medicinal

It is a mild stimulant that helps digestion and is known to lower high blood pressure.

Edible

The leaves have a subtle anise flavour and are used chopped or diced in soups, stews, sauces, meats, vegetables, and salads. The roots and flowers are also edible and high in calcium.

Herbs

Whether its for their leaves or flowers, grow these plants nearby to use in culinary dishes.

Explore all

Herbs - Top 20

Our choice of the best herbs to grow near the kitchen and have on hand for everyday use.

Explore all