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Wild Chervil Removal Tips

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Should you wish to rid yourself or others of invasive Wild Chervil, a Naturally Curious reader, Susan Hand, generously shared this helpful information:

Wild chervil is not a strict biennial but monocarpic meaning that it flowers once then dies. The problem is that each root is capable of producing many offsets, lateral buds that do not die when the main root dies. New seedlings can take several years to reach blooming size.

The best way I have found to control or remove this plant is to dig it up being careful to get all the buds. The roots tend to be less than one foot deep but you do not need to get all of the root just the very top where the leaves join and the root and all the offsets, think carrot not dandelion.

I live in central Vermont and have been dealing with chervil for 19 years removing it from my 3.5 acre property and have for the most part succeeded. I have found if I remove all the blooming plants and as many of the smaller non blooming plants that I find the it does not spread but it can take up to five years to completely remove a large patch.


7 responses

  1. Tara Johnson

    Mike Bald, owner of Got Weeds, lives in Vermont and removes chervil, goutweed, giant hogweed, wild parsnip and any other horrible invasive or dangerous plants Vermont can dish up!

    June 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm

  2. Janet Andersen

    This is my experience in controlling wild chervil too. And cut the flowers off the plants across the road from me too.

    June 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

  3. Christine Alexander

    Has anyone tried pouring HOT water on the plant? This works well for weeds in paths, patios, etc., as it ‘fries’ the roots.

    June 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

  4. Penny DeGeorges

    Thank you! >

    June 5, 2017 at 7:05 pm

  5. Mike Byrne

    If it’s continuously cut back and denied photosynthesis, it will suffer. I eradicated poison ivy this way on two acres.

    Mike Byrne

    June 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm

  6. Chris & Kathy Demers

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks to you and Susan Hand for sharing this info on getting rid of wild chervil…Do either of you have any hints for removing reed canary grass? Although native, it is very aggressive around our wetland areas in Newark, VT and is going to become a monoculture if we don’t get ahead of it.

    Thanks, Kathy Demers

    June 14, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    • Hi Kathy,
      I’m afraid I don’t know of any cure for canary grass, but hopefully someone reading this post will come to your rescue!

      June 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

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