Sanicula graveolens

Sierra Sanicle

Erect taprooted perennial, low and widely spreading. Stem narrow, smooth. Leaves closest to ground attached to main stem underground by long petioles. Leaf blades pinnately divided into sets of 3 lobes; few upper leaflets sessile, smaller, longer. Leaves smell like caraway when crushed. Flowers yellow, 10–15 in conspicuous umbel; bracts leafy, to 3 in. long, divided similar to leaves. Grows in dry open forests, rocky slopes, sometimes on serpentine, at low to mid elevations. Graveolens means "strong-smelling."

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 2--15 inches
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Wallowas, East Gorge, Siskiyous, N Cascades NP, Crater Lake NP
  • Native: Yes