Sweet Cicely - Myrrhis odorata


Height about 90cm.  Sweet Cicely has umbels of white flowers. The leaves are light green, fern like and deeply divided but their most distinctive characteristic is that they smell strongly of aniseed when crushed.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined. When submitting a record please indicate that you have checked plant for aniseed scent.


Hedge banks, woodland margins, roadside verges, river banks and other grassy places and disturbed ground. Many sites are near houses or old settlements, indicating its origin in cultivation, but it is also often found in places remote from habitation.

When to see it

In flower during May.

Life History

Herbaceous perennial.

UK Status

Widespread in the northern and western areas of Britain, less frequent elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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