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Myrrhis odorata (Sweet Cicely) Herb Plant

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Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata) Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Sweet Cicely is a wonderful spring and early summer herb, and are some of the first flowers available for nectar-loving insects. This early flowering perennial plant has a bushy, ‘feathery’ appearance and the crushed foliage has a very strong aniseed scent. Producing umbels of white flowers which are airy and graceful in early summer, these can be left to ripen to form large seeds in late summer, and these will frequently stay on the stems until winter, but cutting down the exhausted flower stems will encourage more young growth if you want to use this as a culinary herb.   

Growing up to 1.2m, Sweet Cicely prefers partial shade and well-drained humus-rich soil, and once established it self seeds readily.

Herb Usage 

Sweet Cicely, otherwise known as Garden Myrrh or Sweet Bracken, was formerly a widely cultivated culinary herb, as it was said to have been strewn on the floors of churches in medieval Britain, presumably for its scent. The flowers, young leaves and seed pods can be used to add aniseedy flavours to salads. It also makes a delicious herb tea. The plant is renowned for its aniseed taste and fragrance and there are many recipes which use different parts of the plant: the roots can be boiled; leaves added to salads; and seeds which are used whole in fruit dishes or ground as a spice added for flavouring. The leaves add sweetness to tart fruit such as rhubarb and can be used in place of sugar. The plant has also been used as a wood polish creating a deep lustre on wooden surfaces. 

Buy Sweet Cicely Online

Our potted Sweet Cicely herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September





Myrrhis odorata (Sweet Cicely) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Partial shade
Soil Type Any soil
Flower Colour White
Height 120cm
Spread 90cm
Latin Name Myrrhis odorata
Hardiness RHS rating H5 - Hardy - cold winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Teas and Tissanes
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Herb
  • 5
    Sweet Cicely

    Posted by Karen Newman on 19th Apr 2022

    Absolutely wonderful plants. I trawled your website but most of your catalogue of plants were out of stock. I shall have to plan ahead more!

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    Sweet Cicely

    Posted by Karen Newman on 6th Apr 2022

    Such beautifully grown plants. Had to add more for my garden to be able to benefit from your ethos.

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    Sweet Cicely

    Posted by Liz Bowers on 3rd May 2021

    Beautiful healthy plants. I'm very pleased with them

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    Sweet Cicely

    Posted by Dee on 24th Mar 2021

    Quick and efficient service and the plant is beautiful and packed very well.

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    Sweet Cicely

    Posted by June Durrant on 18th Mar 2021

    I bought this for my Mum who had wanted one for a long time, it arrived very quickly and was in excellent condition, would definitely use this company again

  • 5
    Lovely plant arrived in good condition

    Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2020

    No problems at all.

  • 5
    Great plant

    Posted by Unknown on 21st Aug 2019

    I've been wanting a sweet circely plant for ages, having killed a plug plant - this arrived in excellent condition, and quickly, and i was able to pot it up and out straight away - am so looking forward to using this with my never ending supply of rhubarb A week later it is putting out new growth and looking great

  • 5
    Looking good

    Posted by Unknown on 7th Jul 2018

    In the ground and on its way already. Good healthy plant, well packaged and safely delivered. Thank you!

  • 5
    Sweet Cicely

    Posted by Unknown on 6th Jun 2018

    Plants arrived on date promised and packed very well. They were in good condition. I planted immediately and they have already started to show new growth so I’m very satisfied. Would use this company again