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Aniseroot
Osmorhiza longistylis

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

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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.