Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Sweet Cicely
Myrrhis odorata
of the Parsley family
a perennail
60 -90 cm high
blooms May - June
likes shady grassy places
can be seen between the Pond and Roman bath-house

This plant has a strong aniseed . It was introduced into Britain as a kitchen vegetable. In medieval times it's boiled roots were used as an important ingredient of a pick-me-up and it's seeds were used as a treatment for rheumatism and even epilepsy. In the 19th century it was used in Cumbria as a polish for oak furniture.