The Anthriscus genus comprises over a dozen species, some of which are considered as noxious weeds. The genus is divided into three presumably monophyletic sections, Anthriscus, Caroides and Cacosciadium which differ in habit and ecology. Generally, the main mode of speciation of the Anthriscus genus appears to be the geographic isolation of peripheral populations. Three species of the Anthriscus genus are found in North America, but only two of them are found in Québec:
The genus belongs to the Apiaceae family.
In Latin, Anthriscum is referred to by Plinius Secundus (Pliny the Elder), 23 AD - 70 AD (he died on August 25, AD 79 during the famed eruption of Mount Vesuvius that also destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum), he was a naturalist and naval and military commander; he refers to the plant Anthriscum in his Naturalis Historia (Natural History) (21, 89) and has been identified as some sort of plant !
Anthriscus cerefolium (Garden Chervil) is a refined aromatic that tastes like a cross between Pimpinella anisum (Anise, also written Anis) and Petroselinum crispum (the Parsley). It is used in the kitchen to flavor foods.