Myrrhis odorata
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Myrrhis odorata

sweet cicely

  family umbelliferae 
  genus myrrhis 

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Genus  Myrrhis Species  odorata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  anise   sweet cicely   myrrh Family  UMBELLIFERAE Specimen number  S11497 Data source  HtZn p144;Frgnt p178
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Organic Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Myrrhis odorata has mild sweet roots and leaves. Sweet cicely (also known as myrrh and anise) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. This plant needs summer days with high heat. The optimal soil texture for this species is one that is organic. This plant likes full sun to partial shade. It likes moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Myrrhis odorata is most often used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  anise scented root and celery scented leaves. fragrant Fragrance parts  Roots   Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Division Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh Nutritional value  Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Myrrhis odorata can be achieved by division.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Leaves: Myrrhis odorata has fern like finely cut leaves. The flowers are typically of a white color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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