Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Invasive Plant

Wild chervil

Anthriscus sylvestris

About This Species

Wild chervil (Cow parsley, Wild beaked parsley) is a biennial to short-lived perennial in the Parsley family. It is typically found along roadsides, fencelines, streambanks, in ditches and competing with pasture and hay crops. It is native to Europe, Asia and Northern Africa. It has a thick taproot that spreads aggressively, as deep as 2 meters into the soil, and is very difficult to remove. Wild chervil is designated as a Regional Noxious Weed by the BC Weed Control Act, as well as a Provincial Containment species by the BC Provincial Priority Invasive Species List. 

How to Identify

Wild chervil is an herbaceous plant that can range in height from 30 cm-1.8m with hollow stems. 

Small white flowers in umbrella-like clusters that grow at the end of stems.  

Leaves are fern-like and nearly hairless. 


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