Hairy chervil

Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum'

Hairy chervil - Chaerophyllum hirsutum  'Roseum'

Common Name: Hairy chervil
Genus: Chaerophyllum
Species: hirsutum
Cultivar: 'Roseum'

Category: Perennials
Form: Perennial
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April to June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Umbeliferous plants (ones that produce flowers that radiate from the top of a single stem and look like giant starbursts) are really in demand now and this is one of the best. The clusters of soft pink flowers appear in late spring and early summer and top the spreading mounds of deeply divided foliage which has a distinct fern-like appearance. The leaves are slightly hairy, have a delicious apple scent, they are sometimes flushed with purple. In the wild the species can be found in hedgerows, open woodland and meadows from Spain to Russia.

  • Garden care: Cut back tatty foliage to neaten it up and apply a generous layer of mulch around the roots in the autumn.