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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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