There are about 35 species of taprooted or tuberous annuals, biennials, and perennials, in this genus. They occur from meadows, hedgerows, and open woodland in temperate, Northern Hemisphere. They have fern like, pinnate to 3 pinnate leaves and bears compound umbels of small, white, pink, or yellow flowers. Use in a border or a woodland garden, the leaves or roots of some species have some culinary use.
Grow in moist but well drained soil in fertile soil in sun or partial shade.
Prone to aphids, powdery mildew, slugs and snails.
C. aureum – Golden Chervil – This clump forming perennial from Central and Southern Europe and Southwestern Asia grows 4′ feet tall and 18″ wide. It produces erect stems and mildly anise flavored, 3 pinnate, yellow green leaves, ½-1 ½” long, composed of lance shaped, toothed or lobed leaflets. In early summer it bears umbels of white flowers, 2-4″ across.