Bur Chervil - Anthriscus caucalis


    Height 18 to 40 inches. The umbels of white flowers are well separated, with few flowers in each umbel. Flowers have a light-green double-rounded centre and five stamens with creamy anthers. The tiny hard fruits, each about 3 mm long, are covered in hooked spines. The leaves are fern-like, finely divided, and 2 to 3 pinnate. Tastes of aniseed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Good photographs required showing flowers, seeds and leaves in detail.


    Disturbed ground and sandy soils.

    When to see it

    Flowering Season: April to June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain, however it may be plentiful in certain locations.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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