Chervil thrives in partial shade and slightly damp conditions. It is one of very few food plants that can grow in such conditions, but it also makes a fine ornamental plant. Chervil is a perennial plant, but is normally grown as an annual in our climate. It will likely self-sow, and may endure very mild winters. In summer, attractive umbels of tiny white flowers rise above each plant.
As a culinary and medicinal herb, chervil has been in use since early Roman times. It grew wild in southeastern Europe and the Middle East. Some herbalists continue to recommend it to increase fluid retention, and in the treatment of eczema, rheumatism, and even jaundice.