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Osmorhiza berteroi (Sweetcicely)
Smith, R.W.

Osmorhiza berteroi

Osmorhiza berteroi DC.

Sweetcicely, Mountain Sweet-cicely

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)

Synonym(s): Osmorhiza brevipes, Osmorhiza chilensis, Osmorhiza divaricata, Osmorhiza nuda, Washingtonia divaricata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Plants 1-3 ft. tall have erect stems clothed with large, finely dissected, ferny leaves. Tall umbels bear tiny white flowers that each become 1 in. long, needle-like fruits.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , ME , MI , MN , MT , NH , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , VT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Distribution: S. AK to s. CA, e. to s.w. Alt., the Black Hills, CO & AZ; also Great Lakes region & n. New England
Native Habitat: Thickets, woods & woodland edges

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: 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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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Osmorhiza berteroi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Osmorhiza berteroi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Osmorhiza berteroi


Record Modified: 2015-02-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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