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Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata) is a umbelliferous plant with feathery leaves and white flowers. It is a perennial plant that grows on grassy banks, verges and and woodland areas. At first glance, it is similar to Hemlock and Cow Parsley but the leaves are a lighter, brighter green and smell strongly of aniseed when crushed. They often have grey marks on them (see separate picture). The stems are grooved. 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.