Osmorhiza berteroi

Common Sweet Cicely

Stems erect one to few branched above mid stem. Leaves hairy, numerous, held horizontally, 2–6 in. long, twice pinnately segmented into threes. Leaflets widely ovate, 1–3 in. long, toothed or lobed. Long leafless flower stalk 2–10 in. Flowers tiny, inconspicuous and greenish white. Black seed is needle shaped with tail on end and bristles that sometimes catch on clothing. Open forests, shaded woodlands from low to high elevations. O. purpurea is very similar but leaves not hairy and grows in more moist forests.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--4 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Meadow, Vernal Wet
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Wallowas, Olympic Np, West Gorge, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes

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