My first sweet cicely plant, shown here, was purchased from Commanda Country Gardens. Later I learned that it is not only beautiful but also edible. Last summer my plant spanned a metre and was also a metre high. Very prolific once established. Sweet Cicely has naturalized in North American but it is originally from Europe
Sweet Cicely does well in half shade and half light, rich soil and good drainage. It likes moist soil and mine is near a rain barrel that often overflows. The flowers produce seed heads and you can remove these if you don't want it to seed further. The young offshoot plants are also easy to identify and dig up and relocate or give to your gardening friends. Bees love this plant and watching them buzz around the flowers is a favourite summer pass time on the back porch.
Culinary: the flavor is a combination of celery and sweet anise and goes well with carrots, parsnips, potatoes, turnips, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cream soups and sauces, and fish, and in fruit soups, stewed fruit, fruit salads, pies and tarts.
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