Myrrhis odorata – Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely is an attractive plant reaching a height of about 90cm and with umbels of white flowers in bloom from spring to early summer. The leaves are light green, fern like and deeply divided but their most distinctive characteristic is that they smell strongly of aniseed when crushed. Sweet Cicely has many common names including Beaked Parsley, Cow Chervil, Fern-Leaved Chervil, Roman Plant, Sweet Fern, and Sweet Cus.

Type Seeds per gram Origin Ordering
Grassland Perennial 20 Cumbria, Staffordshire Currently unavailable


Habitat Information
Sweet Cicely is not native to Britain but is in fact a relatively recent introduction (neophyte) and was first recorded from the wild in 1777. Although recent it has become well naturalized and is often common around woodland edges and clearing, grassy banks and road verges particularly in the northern half of England and southern Scotland.

Growing Information
Seed dormancy is broken by a period of chilling and therefore sowing must occur in late summer or autumn.

Species currently unavailable or of restricted availability

Sorry, this species is currently unavailable to order as a single item as we have no stock. For more information please see availability note above.


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