Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)


Sweet Cicely is a hardy perennial that grows 2-3 feet high. The fern-like leaves are finely divided, about a foot long and covered with downy hairs. The stem is hollow and striated. Inconspicuous white flowers are borne on compound umbels in May and June. Culinary with sweet licorice flavour. Lovely shade-tolerant plant. Use leaves in mixed salads or cook with acid fruits to reduce need for sugar. Needs cold period to germinate.