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Sweet cicely

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Sweet cicely, also known as Myrrhis odorata, is a herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the parsley family. It is native to Europe and is commonly found in woodland areas and along stream banks. The plant grows up to 1 meter in height and has fern-like leaves that are highly aromatic.

Sweet cicely is loved for its sweet and anise-like flavor, which is why it is often used as a culinary herb. The leaves, stems, and seeds of the plant are all edible and can be used in various dishes. The young leaves can be added to salads, while the seeds can be used as a substitute for anise or fennel in baking. The plant also produces small white flowers that attract pollinators and add beauty to the garden.

Aside from being a popular culinary herb, sweet cicely has also been used in traditional medicine for its medicinal properties. It was believed to have digestive and diuretic properties and was used to treat various ailments such as coughs and digestive disorders.

In the garden, sweet cicely is a great addition as it attracts beneficial insects and butterflies. It thrives in moist and shaded areas and is relatively low maintenance. It can also be grown in pots or containers, making it a versatile herb for both gardens and kitchen windowsills.

Overall, sweet cicely is a delightful herb that adds both flavor and beauty to any garden or culinary creation.