Osmorhiza claytonii (Michx.) C.B. Clarke
Clayton's sweetroot, Hairy sweet-cicely, Sweet jarvil
Apiaceae (Carrot Family)
Synonym(s): Osmorhiza aristata var. brevistylis, Washingtonia claytonii
USDA Symbol: OSCL
A hairy plant with small sparse compound umbels of white flowers. The 1-3 ft. stems are usually solitary and covered with long, soft hairs. Leaves are divided into threes, two or three times. Open clusters (compound umbel) of small, white flowers rise above the foliage on stalks from upper leaf axils.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE , SK
Native Distribution: Que. to s. Sask., s. to GA mts., n.w. AR & e. KS (more abundant northward)
Native Habitat: Rich woods; wooded slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Sweet cicely is not easy, but not impossible, to start from seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Osmorhiza claytonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Osmorhiza claytonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff