Care and Planting Instructions

Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 6″ apart in average to moist soil that is well-drained. Does well in containers or mixed pots.┬áPlant height 10-12″.

Chervil thrives in cooler climates and grows best in rich, moist soil in partial shade. Hot weather will cause the plants to bolt. Adding a layer of organic mulch around your plants will help keep the soil cool and prolong harvest.

anthriscus cerefolium

Chervil, also known as French Parsley, is a wonderful ornamental herb with a lacy, miniature-fern look that adds grace and texture to the garden. It has mounding foliage and upright airy flowers. The flavor of Chervil is even more unique, however. It is fresh and pungent, with hints of licorice, cucumber, and parsley, qualities that have given it a high standing in French cuisine. The young leaves are used in soups, salads, sauces, and to flavor eggs, fish, and vegetables dishes.

Leaves should be harvested just before the plants start to flower when the flavor is at its peak. Cut back liberally to prevent from going to seed, and use young leaves. Leaves can be used for cooking purposes either fresh or dried. This plant grows centrally from the ground and does not spread rapidly.