E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Myrrhis odorata (L.) Scop.
sweet cicely (anise)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a long, slender taproot, softly short-hairy; stems erect, hollow, 30-180 cm tall, leafy.
Mostly basal, 2-4 times pinnately-cut, the lobes oblong-lanceolate, deeply toothed, with whitish patches.
Inflorescence of compound umbels; flowers white; involucels well-developed with egg-shaped, toothed bractlets or the bractlets lacking.
Oblong to elliptic, 3 times as long as wide, 15-25 mm long, slightly compressed laterally, glabrous or minutely bristly, ribs with well-developed ridges; beaks short.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, fields and waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from the Vancouver area; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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