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Bruso, George H.
Cryptotaenia canadensis (L.) DC.
Canadian honewort, Wild Chervil
Synonym(s): Deringa canadensis
USDA Symbol: CRCA9
Small, uneven compound umbels of tiny white flowers on stalks of unequal length. Although not a showy wildflower because of its minute, irregularly clustered flowers, this plant does have distinctive fruit.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Black Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, WV Canada: MB
, NB Native Distribution:
Manitoba east to New Brunswick, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota. Native Habitat:
Throughout Texas at edges of streams and low, wet ground.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Prefers dry areas of shady wooded sites.
BenefitUse Food: Its young leaves and stems may be used as a seasoning like parsley or as a boiled green; the roots may be cooked and eaten like parsnips.
Warning: Caution is advised because many similar species of the carrot family are deadly poisonous.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Austin, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPC