Western Sweet -cicely

Western Sweet -
Cicely-Osmorhiza occidentalis
The Osmorhiza occidentalis flower is so tiny and so spread on long stems that it is easily overlooked. Leaves are pointed and serrated; stems are thick and swaying.  Osmorhiza occidentalis can occur singly in open dry woods or in very large patches in moist woods.  Compare this Sweet Cicely to its even more common close relatives, Osmorhiza depauperata and Osmorhiza chilensis above.

Stems , leaves, seeds, and roots of Sweet Cicely often have a pleasant anise flavor and aroma, thus its Greek genus name: "osmo" for "smell" and "rhiza" for "root". "Occidentalis" is Latin for "Western".

Thomas Nuttall collected the first specimen of this plant in what is now Oregon in the early 1830s. He named it Glycosma occidentalis in 1840 and it was given its present name by John Torrey in 1858.