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Anthriscus Sylvestris or Wild Chervil is an herbaceous biennial

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Anthriscus Sylvestris also known as Cow Parsley, Wild Chervil, Wild Beaked Parsley, Keck, or Queen Anne’s lace, is an herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant in the family Apiaceae and genus Anthriscus.

Overview of Wild Chervil

• It is sometimes called as Mother-die, a name that is also applied to the Common Hawthorn.
• It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwestern Africa, in the south of its range in the Mediterranean region.
• It is related to other diverse members of Apiaceae such as parsley, carrot, hemlock and hog weed.
• The hollow stem grows to a height that is 60–170 cm.
• It branches to umbels of small white flowers. Flowering time is mid-spring to early summer.
• The trip-innate leaves are 15–30 cm long and have a triangular form.
• The leaflets are ovate and subdivided.
• Cow Parsley grows in sunny to semi-shaded locations in meadows and at the edges of hedgerows and woodland.
• It is sufficiently common and fast-growing to be considered a nuisance weed in gardens.
• Cow parsley’s ability to grow rapidly through rhizomes.
• It produces large quantities of seeds in a single growing season has made it an invasive species in many areas of the United States.
• Cow Parsley can be mistaken for several similar-looking poisonous plants, among them Poison hemlock and Fool’s parsley.
• Cow Parsley is considered to be edible, though having a somewhat unpleasant flavor, sharper than Garden Chervil, with a hint of Carrot.
• Cow Parsley is rumored to be a natural mosquito repellent when applied directly to the skin.

Growing/Caring conditions of Wild Chervil/Cow Parsley

• Obtain seeds or a seedling.
• Chervil readily self-seeds.
• You may be able to get fresh seeds from someone already growing chervil.
• While it is possible to buy as a seedling, be aware that chervil does not transplant well.
• It may be best left growing in its container.
• Select a suitable area of the garden.
• Chervil likes a good loam that is fairly rich.
• Choose an area of light or dappled shade, or place under plants that can provide it with protection.
• The soil should drain well but stay moist.
• Chervil is a great container plant too.
• Choose a pot, window box, trough, or similar thing.
• It will grow happily indoors if desired.
• Sow the seeds early to late spring (summer use) or late summer (autumn use).
• Simply sow shallowly and barely cover. Keep moist to enable germination.
• Thin out seedlings.
• Once the seedlings start to grow, thin out to about 25cm (10″) apart.
• Keep it well watered at all times.
• It loves being kept moist.
• Fertilize.
• An occasional soluble, nitrogen-rich fertilizer will help it to grow more leaves.
• Chervil has many culinary uses.
• Chervil has a long cropping period.
• Harvest the leaves from about 6 to 8 weeks after planting.
• Use the leaves as soon as possible because they lose their flavor quickly.

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