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Myrrhis odorata

Myrrhis odorata
sweet cicely
Myrrhis odorata

Common name sweet cicely
Family apiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers white
Size to 6'
Light part shade
Seed ripensearly August

I stopped counting the number of times I tried to start sweet cicely from seed - it is notoriously short-viable, and even moist-packed commercial seed gave no results. Until finally last year one seed in a pot set outdoors to undergo the natural temperature cycles germinated. It survived winter - now I just hope that the seeds it drops naturally will provide an ongoing source of volunteer seedlings! The first year, I just enjoyed its ferny foliage, but didn't see any flowers - somehow I missed the bloom, even though it set plenty of seed in autumn. This year, I watched a bit more carefully, and spotted the tiny white flowers in mid-May.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Pot outside 11/18/06. 1 seedling (?) 4/22/08
  2. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 35F (13w) - 70F (2w, no G)

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