Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata) is an umbelliferous plant with feathery leaves and white flowers. It is a perennial plant that grows on grassy banks, verges, and woodland areas. It is easy to identify from the strong smell of aniseed that comes from the leaves when they are crushed. Like Cow Parsley, the leaf stems are grooved, indicating that the plant is safe to pick. Sweet Cicely is palatable for rabbits but it is not a common plant so care should be taken to only pick from places where the plants are abundant.