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Product Description

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.

Sun Exposure               Woodland
Soil Moisture Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Bloom Time

Summer                           May, June

Bloom Color White
Max Height 2 feet
Wetland Code FACU-
Germ Code  C(60)
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

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