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Sweet Cicely

Myrrhis odorata

Also known as

Cicely, Myrrh, Garden Myrrh, Sweet Chervil, Anise, British myrrh, Sweet brackham

Myrrhis odorata, Roomse kervel bloeiwijze by Rasbak (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Sweet Cicely

A green Myrrhis odorata plant in a garden
A green Myrrhis odorata plant with white flowers in a garden
A close up of some seeds of a Myrrhis odorata plant

Sweet Cicely Overview

Myrrhis odorata is a herbaceous perennial plant from the Apiaceae family. It has an upright habit and is softly hairy, the foliage has a strong aniseed scent when crushed. It is commonly known by the names Sweet Cisely, Sweet Cicely and Anise, amongst many others. The pinnately divided leaves can be used to add flavour to fresh salads, for cooking and this plant also has medicinal value. The fern-like plant softens beds in the garden. It produces white flowers arranged on umbels, leading onto spindle-shaped fruits.

How to harvest Sweet Cicely

Harvest the leaves from early spring to mid summer while active growing and remove flowering stems to enhance leaf flavor.

How to propagate Sweet Cicely

Seed

Sow seeds directly in autumn.

Division

Divide plants in spring or autumn.

Special features of Sweet Cicely

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees and butterflies.

Other uses of Sweet Cicely

Culinary, fragrance, border, foliage

Medicinal

The fruit, roots and leaves can be used as a tonic, purifier and mild disinfectant.

Edible

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.

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