Smyrnium is a genus of eight or so species of branching biennials or short-lived perennials from Europe, Africa, and western Asia. They are native to rocky habitats, fields, and woodland edges. From basal leaves rise stems of branched, terminal umbels of many tiny, greenish yellow flowers. Use as cut flowers, or allow to naturalize in a border or wild or woodland garden.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsTiny, greenish yellow flowers that are good for cutting. Naturalizes well in grass.

CareMoist but well-drained soil of moderate fertility, in full sun to part shade.

PropagationSow seeds where they are to grow in autumn or late spring, or in a cold frame in spring (germination can be erratic). To lessen root disturbance, transplant while small.


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