Sweet Cicely | Myrrhis odorata

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Embrace the sweet allure of Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)! This fragrant and easy-to-grow herb adds charm to your garden. With delicate foliage and aromatic blooms, it attracts bees and butterflies. Elevate your outdoor space with the beauty and versatility of Sweet Cicely. Shop now for a delightful addition to your garden!


Botanical Information: Sweet Cicely

Sweet Cicely, (Myrrhis odorata), is a charming perennial herb celebrated for its delicate fern-like foliage and sweet anise-like scent. With a height of 60-90 cm, this herbaceous plant boasts clusters of small white flowers that add a touch of elegance to any garden.


Native to Europe and Asia, Sweet Cicely is well-suited to temperate climates. It thrives in partially shaded areas with moist, well-drained soil. Woodland edges, hedgerows, and meadows are its preferred habitats, reflecting its natural tendency to flourish in areas with dappled sunlight and rich, loamy soil.

Benefits to Wildlife

Sweet Cicely is a magnet for beneficial insects, particularly bees and butterflies, thanks to its nectar-rich flowers. By incorporating this herb into your garden, you not only enjoy its fragrant charm but also contribute to the local ecosystem by providing sustenance for these essential pollinators.

Conservation Status in the UK

As of now, this plant is not listed as a species of conservation concern in the United Kingdom. Its adaptability and widespread distribution contribute to its stability in the wild. However, promoting its growth in gardens further supports biodiversity efforts, ensuring its continued role in supporting local wildlife.

Ease of Growing

One of the most appealing features of Sweet Cicely is its ease of cultivation, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. The plant readily establishes itself from seeds or root division, and once planted in a suitable location, it requires minimal care.

To cultivate Sweet Cicely, choose a spot with partial shade and well-draining soil. Sow seeds directly in the garden in the spring or fall, or transplant young plants. Regular watering during dry periods and a layer of mulch around the base help retain moisture and promote optimal growth.

Beyond its ornamental value, Sweet Cicely serves as a versatile culinary herb. The tender, fern-like leaves add a mild anise flavour to salads, desserts, and beverages, enhancing the culinary experience. The plant’s adaptability, low-maintenance nature, and dual-purpose as an ornamental and culinary herb make it a delightful addition to any garden.

In conclusion, this species is a delightful and versatile herb that brings fragrance, beauty, and culinary delights to your garden. Its adaptability, coupled with benefits to wildlife, make it a valuable asset for those seeking an easy-to-grow and rewarding plant for their outdoor space. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting, Sweet Cicely promises a sweet and aromatic journey in your gardening endeavours.

More Information

Gardener’s World

Wild Food UK

Species From the Same Habitat

Meadow Pea | Lathyrus pratensis

Monk’s-Hood | Aconitum napellus

Rough Chervil | Chaerophyllum temulum


Additional information

Weight 3 kg

Flowering Months


Light levels

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Soil moisture

Dry, Normal, Well draining


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