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Anthriscus sylvestris
wild chervil

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Idaho, also in eastern North America and Greenland.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, forest edge, wastelots, and other disturbed areas where seasonally moist.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Taprooted, leafy-stemmed, branching annual, the stem glabrous and often purple, 5-15 dm. tall.


Leaves basal and cauline, with short, stiff hairs, gradually reduced upward, petiolate, the blade 2-3 pinnately dissected with small ultimate segments.


Rays 3-6, 1-2.5 cm long; involucre wanting; involucel of a few small bractlets; umbellets with 3-7 flowers, the calyx obsolete, the five petals white; the pedicels short, each with a ring of short, flattened hairs at the summit.


Fruit oblong, 4-5 mm. long, beaked, black and smooth.

Accepted Name:
Anthriscus sylvestris (L.) Hoffm.
Publication: Gen. Pl. Umbell. 40 (t. 1, fig. 19). 1814.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chaerophyllum sylvestre L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anthriscus sylvestris in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Anthriscus sylvestris checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Anthriscus sylvestris atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anthriscus sylvestris photos.

USDA Plants: Anthriscus sylvestris information.

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