The Greek name for chervil - chairephyllon - translates to "leaves of joy". We hope this fresh green herb brings joy to your salads, soups, and favourite French recipes. If you don't like the flavour of herbs, chervil is a pretty wildflower for shaded garden borders, and also useful to lure slugs away from precious hostas.
DESCRIPTION: Annual herb with ferny leaves and umbels of white flowers like Queen Anne's lace. The flowers are very pretty; when they appear, the leaves are too old for eating. PLANTING: Sow autumn- winter in warmer locations, spring in cold ones. Press gently onto the soil surface. Sow seeds direct in situ as their long root makes transplanting difficult. Thin to 2-3 plants at approx 5cm in height if necessary. A cool shaded location is ideal. USE IN: Add the leaves just before serving. The leaves are delicate in flavour, and are traditionally paired with chicken or fish. CARE: For best results and to avoid the plants bolting provide plenty of water, and pick leaves regularly. Mulch plants to retain moisture in the soil. Boost new growth by applying liquid fertiliser monthly.