Osmorhiza claytonii, Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely, spring, on a cloudy day.

Sweet Cicely is often one of the unnoticed plants of spring in our woodlands. Like the closely related Aniseroot, it occupies part-shaded to nearly fully shaded places in Minnesota that are often overrun by growing colony of garlic mustard. If you are removing garlic mustard over a period of 3-5 years, seed or plant Sweet Cicely in its place. The greatest difference between Aniseroot and Sweet Cicely is the soft hairiness of of Cicely and the lack of Anise scent when crushed. Both grow in similar conditions, although Sweet Cicely may be somewhat more tolerant of dry woods.

Blooms: white, May into June
Height: 2 feet

Conditions: part shade to shade, moist-medium to medium-dry soils

A group of Sweet Cicely receiving only morning sun, under the Sugar Maples.