Saturday, 20 August 2016

Of The Day #13 - Plant - Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely
Myrrhis odorata

a tall herbaceous perennial plant growing to 2 m [6 ft 6 in] tall, depending on circumstances. The leaves are fern-like, 2-4-pinnate, finely divided, feathery, up to 50 cm long, with whitish patches near the rachis. The plant is softly hairy and smells strongly of aniseed when crushed. The flowers are creamy-white, about 2–4 mm across, produced in large umbels. The flowering period extends from May to June. The fruits are slender, 15–25 mm long and 3–4 mm broad.

Introduced and naturalized in the UK in cultivated areas, woodland margins, roadside verges, river banks and grassland - 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 and has a history of use as a medicinal herb.

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