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 Osmorhiza subsp. var.  Sweet Cicely
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Osmorhiza is a genus of North American perennial herbs, known generally as Sweet Cicely or Sweetroot. Osmorhiza longistylis was used by Native Americans to treat digestive disorders and as a wash for wounds.

The seeds of this plant have barbs on the end allowing them to stick to clothing, fur, or feathers.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Osmorhiza (Greek; referring to the sweet, aromatic, edible roots). Umbelliferae. A small genus of native herbs, 1 to 3 feet high, sometimes called sweet cicely, but the true sweet cicely is Myrrhis odorata, a closely allied European plant, the leaves of which have the scent of anise seed and are used in flavoring. Sometimes listed by dealers in native plants.

Perennial, slender, hirsute or glabrous, with thin soft foliage: Lvs. ternately compound, the lfts. ovate and toothed: fls. very small, white, in small few-rayed umbels; calyx-teeth obsolete: fr. linear, glabrous or bristly; carpel slightly flattened dorsally or not at all; styles long or short; seed-face from slightly concave to deeply sulcate: root thick, aromatic. By some botanists, the name Washingtonia is used for this genus. The plants thrive in moist more or less shady woodsy places.

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