Bur chervil (Anthriscus caucalis) is an invasive species that can be found in Victoria, BC, as well as other parts of North America. It is native to Europe and was introduced to North America as an ornamental plant in the 1800s.
Bur chervil is an annual herbaceous plant that can grow up to 1 meter in height. It has finely divided leaves and produces small white flowers that are arranged in umbrella-like clusters. The plant also produces spiny burrs that attach to clothing and animal fur, allowing it to spread easily.
Bur chervil is able to grow in a variety of soil types and environmental conditions, and is often found in disturbed areas such as roadsides, fields, and waste places. It can outcompete native plants and reduce biodiversity, and is considered a noxious weed in some areas.
Efforts are being made to control the spread of bur chervil in Victoria, BC. The City of Victoria has developed a management plan for the species, which includes strategies such as manual removal, herbicide application, and education and outreach to prevent further spread
Is Bur Chervil edible?
While parts of bur chervil (Anthriscus caucalis) have been used in traditional medicine, it is not commonly used as a food source and there are no known culinary uses for the plant.
Some related species, such as common chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium), are used as culinary herbs for their delicate, anise-flavored leaves. However, bur chervil is not typically used in this way and may even be considered toxic in large quantities.
It is important to note that bur chervil is considered an invasive species in many areas, including Victoria, BC, and should be managed appropriately to prevent its spread and minimize its impact on native ecosystems.