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Myrrhis odorata (Sweet cecily)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Myrrhis odorata

Other names

Sweet chervil, Sweet Mary, Great chervil, Myrr, Sweet bracken, Anise, British myrrh, Garden myrrh, Sweet fern, Sweet cecily, Sweet cicely

Genus

Myrrhis Myrrhis

Species

M. odorata - M. odorata is an erect, herbaceous perennial with pinnate, aromatic, edible, bright green leaves divided into toothed, oblong to lance-shaped segments and, in early summer, branching stems bearing umbels of tiny, star-shaped, white flowers followed by glossy, ridged, brown fruit.decorative seed-pods.


Myrrhis odorata is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage and seed pods have an aniseed aroma.

Habit

Erect

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Dead-head to prevent self-seeding.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Myrrhis odorata (Sweet cecily) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in dappled or partial shade. Leaves and seeds taste of aniseed. If using leaves as a herb, removing the flower stalks will improve the flavour at the expense of seed pods.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Myrrhis odorata

Other names

Sweet chervil, Sweet Mary, Great chervil, Myrr, Sweet bracken, Anise, British myrrh, Garden myrrh, Sweet fern, Sweet cecily, Sweet cicely

Genus

Myrrhis Myrrhis

Species

M. odorata - M. odorata is an erect, herbaceous perennial with pinnate, aromatic, edible, bright green leaves divided into toothed, oblong to lance-shaped segments and, in early summer, branching stems bearing umbels of tiny, star-shaped, white flowers followed by glossy, ridged, brown fruit.decorative seed-pods.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage and seed pods have an aniseed aroma.

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Dead-head to prevent self-seeding.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Myrrhis odorata (Sweet cecily) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Wildflower, Wildlife, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in dappled or partial shade. Leaves and seeds taste of aniseed. If using leaves as a herb, removing the flower stalks will improve the flavour at the expense of seed pods.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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