PlantsMyrrhis→Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 32 - 40 inches
Plant Spread: 24 40 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: 6 weeks if you sow indoors
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: it is said that the seeds are only viable shortly, but if you winter sow these seeds they are still viable after 3 years. Seedlings can handle transplanting very well when they are small.
Pollinators: Beetles


Wildflowers in EuropeWildflowers in Europe
By JonnaSudenius on August 20, 2013

These are my personal views on growing plants and a little overview of some European wildflowers

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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2013-05-28
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.Date: 2007-05-22- Seed heads taste like liquorice or anise.
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Location: in my garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2013-06-01
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Location: Nature Reserve Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-04-21
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2013-05-01
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2013-05-09
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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 28, 2012 2:30 PM

Native in the Pacific NW. The green seed pods taste like licorice and can be eaten as a snack or added to salads.

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