Myrrhis odorata

Common Names: Cicely, sweet cicely, myrrh, garden myrrh, sweet chervil
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Carrot family

It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant, depending on circumstances growing to 2 m tall. The leaves are finely divided, feathery, up to 50 cm long. The plant is softly hairy and smells strongly of aniseed when crushed. The flowers are white, about 2 to 4 mm across, produced in large umbels. The seeds are slender, 15 to 25 mm long and 3 to 4 mm broad.

In Connecticut it is most commonly found in herb gardens. Blooms from May to June.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: Its leaves are sometimes used as a herb, either raw or cooked, with a rather strong taste reminiscent of anise. The roots and seeds also are edible.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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