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Sweet cicely

Myrrhis odorata

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This elegant fern-like herb has a mounding form and anise-flavored bright-green leaves. In late spring, it bears compound umbels of star-shaped white flowers, followed by shiny, ridged brown seeds.

CareShade tolerant. Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Self-seeds freely. Remove emerging flowering stalks to improve the flavor and quality of the leaves.

PropagationSow seed in situ or in containers. Divide in spring or autumn.


  • Genus : Myrrhis
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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