Bur Chervil (Anthriscus caucalis) is an introduced weed, similar to the garden herb, It is an aggressive colonizer in the meadow. It is a handsome plant, with fine, fern-like foliage with a strong smell when bruised or cut. The flowers are small and white. The plants here show an amazing diversity of sizes, from just a few inches high on trampled or drier sites with thin soils to robust plants over a meter high on moister, deeper soils. For the most part it seems to behave as a biennial here, forming a basal rosette the first year and flowering in the spring of the second year.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.