Connecticut Plants
Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC.

Both leaves and roots are usually said to smell like anise, but those familiar with the Asian spice star anise may find that a better description. A very similar plant, sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytoni) is also found in Connecticut. The two are distinguished by technical characteristics: the styles of aniseroot are longer than the petals (on the seeds they are 1/8 inch long). Sweet cicely styles are shorter than the petals, becoming 1/16 inch long.

  • Family: carrot (Apiaceae)
  • Habitat: woods
  • Height: 1-3 feet
  • Flower size: 1/8 inch across
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: May to June
  • Origin: native
Osmorhiza longistylis (Torr.) DC.