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Common Name: Sweet Anise

Scientific Name: Osmorhiza occidentalis

Native / Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Good habitat species for wildlife

Height: 2-4 feet

Colors: White

Flowering Season: Summer

Soil Types: Prefers rich, well-drained soils

Sun or Shade: Prefers partial Shade, will grow in full sun

Minimum Precipitation: 18-20 inches

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 5-10 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 30,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: Cold stratification for 3 months



Sweet Anise, also known as Sweet Cicely, is a plant that blooms during the summer season. It produces umbels of beautiful, tiny white blossoms. This plant is well adapted to the mountainous western region of the United States. It thrives in areas with rich, well-drained soils in aspen stands, openings in conifer stands, and on slopes ranging from mid to sub-alpine elevations.

Sweet Anise is considered to be a palatable forage for livestock and wildlife, making it a good choice for grazing areas. Additionally, sweet anise serves as a good habitat species for wildlife, attracting a variety of animals to its habitat. Overall, sweet anise is a versatile plant with many uses and benefits, making it a valuable addition to any ecosystem.


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