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Plant Details

Osmorhiza longistylis

Sweet Cicely, Anise-root, Sweet Chervil

Scientific Name:

Osmorhiza longistylis

Common Name:

Sweet Cicely, Anise-root, Sweet Chervil

Plant Family

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

White

Size in Feet:

3

Light:

Part-sun, shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

common in Mountains, Piedmont, rare on Coast

Habitat Description:

Moist, fertile forests.

Notes:

Some folks say that they seed about too much. They are easy to pull up but I have not had the problem because I eat most of the seeds.

Plant

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Tom Harville

Blooms

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Tom Harville

Blooms Close Up

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Tom Harville

You can see here how the name longistylis came about.

Green Seeds

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Tom Harville

This is the stage that I think the seeds taste the best. They are sweet with a hint of anise flavor. They get too bitter to me as they age.

Mature Seeds

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Tom Harville

These seeds will stick to your clothes or hair to move about. Reminds me of spanish needles.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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