This article is about the European herb. For the American herb, see Osmorhiza
Cicely or Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata) is a plant belonging to the family Apiaceae, native to central Europe; it is the sole species in the genus Myrrhis. It is a tall herbaceous perennial plant, growing to 2 m tall. The leaves are finely divided, feathery, up to 50 cm long. The flowers are white, about 2-4 mm across, produced in large umbels. The seeds are slender, 15-25 mm long and 3-4 mm broad.
Cultivation and uses
Its leaves are sometimes used as a herb
, with a rather strong taste reminiscent of anise
; it is used mainly in Germany
. Like its relatives anise, fennel
, and caraway
, it can also be used to flavour akvavit
. Its essential oils are dominated by anethole
- Cicely - Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages.