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Feb 2006 SWEET CICELY
N. Walker

Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii) is a deciduous perennial that grows to 3 feet high. It is pollinated by insects and has scented flowers. From English sources: "There are no known hazards associated with the plant. Roots and leaves can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. This fare has been reported to be good for those who need to gain weight. The aromatic roots and unripe seeds are used as anise-like flavorings and are pleasant to chew. The root has been chewed or gargled as a treatment for sore throats . A poultice of the moistened pulverized roots has been applied to boils, cuts and sores. A tea has been made from the roots to bathe sore eyes."