Osmorhiza is from the Greek word for "sweet-smelling root" referring to the root of O. longistylis. The odor of O. claytoni is distinctly more turnip-like.
|Soil Moisture||Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic|
Summer May, June
|Max Height||2 feet|
|Seeds Per Packet||75|
|Seeds Per Ounce||2,500|
Found on rich, moist, well-drained soils of shady woodlands. Can grow to 3 1/2 feet with white blooms from May to June.
Sweet Cicely leaves are yellowish green. There are white hairs on the stem and to a lesser extent on the leaves as well. It is turnately branched, having either three leafed branches. When broken it has an anise like smell or flavor.
Edible Uses: Root - cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Used for putting on weight.
Leaf stalks - cooked and used as a vegetable.
The aromatic roots and unripe seeds are used as anise-like flavourings. Pleasant to chew.
Medicinal Uses: The root has been chewed or gargled as a treatment for sore throats. A poultice of the moistened pulverized roots has been applied to boils, cuts, sores etc whilst a tea made from the roots has been used to bathe sore eyes.
Herbal Uses: Unknown