Sweet Cicily (Osmorhiza Claytonii) - 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.
Found on rich, moist, well-drained soils of shady woodlands. Can grow to 3 1/2 feet with white blooms from May to June. Cicely offers both nectar and pollen rewards to visiting insects.
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.
|Soil Moisture||Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic|
Summer May, June
|Max Height||2 feet|
|Seeds Per Packet||75|
|Seeds Per Ounce||2,500|
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