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Osmorhiza longistylis

Anise-root, Sweet Cicely, Smooth Sweet Cicely, Longstyle Sweetroot, Licorice Root, Wild Anise

Scientific Name:

Osmorhiza longistylis

Genus:

Osmorhiza

Species Epithet:

longistylis

Common Name:

Anise-root, Sweet Cicely, Smooth Sweet Cicely, Longstyle Sweetroot, Licorice Root, Wild Anise

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist, fertile forests (Weakley 2015). Common in Mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

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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