•how to• suc­cess­fully grow chervil

NZ Lifestyle Block - - PLANTS WITH A PURPOSE -

Chervil is a mem­ber of the Api­aceae fam­ily (for­mally Um­bel­lif­erae, af­ter their um­brella-shaped flower heads) and its rel­a­tives in­clude pars­ley, car­away, co­rian­der, dill and car­rot.

It is a bi­en­nial herb, but is usu­ally grown as an an­nual. It prefers cool tem­per­ate cli­mates, or ei­ther side of sum­mer in hot­ter cli­mates pro­vided there is mois­ture and shade.

It can be ei­ther plain-leaved or curly, but the curly type is the one usu­ally avail­able in cat­a­logues.

Chervil is easy to grow once you sort out its re­quire­ments, but too much sun and heat means it will quickly run to seed.

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