Rough Chervil, Somerset
Umbel, notched petals
Stamens, stigmas, swollen styles
Fruits with remains of stigmas
3 pinnate lower leaf
Hairy upper leaves and purple blotched stem
Hairy purple stems
May to July
It is found throughout the country.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows in grassland, on waste ground, hedge and railway
banks,and by hedges, tracks, roads and woodland borders.
Rough Chervil is a native, coarsely-hairy, biennial herb
growing up to 1m.
Flowers are in umbels up to 6cm.
Rays are up to 4cm.
There are 0 to 2 bracts and up to 8 bracteoles which are
shorter than the pedicels.
Flowers are 2mm, with 5 white petals each notched with an
There are 5 stamens.
There is a broad style with 2 stigmas which persist.
Fruits are up to 7mm, ridged, slightly flattened and narrowing
towards the top.
Reproduction is by seed.
Leaves are up to 20cm and up to 3 pinnate with oval lobes.
They are hairy on both sides.
Stems are hairy, solid and with purple splodges or entirely purple.
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