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CICELY : Myrrhis odorata

Also known as cicely, sweet cicely, myrrh, garden myrrh and sweet chervil.

It is a herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the celery family Apiaceae.

Cicely is native to mountains of southern and central Europe. Elsewehre it has been introduced and naturalized, as here. We learn that it is  most abundant in northern England and eastern Scotland, so perhaps it is a fairly recent incomer into West Dunbartonshire. Being common in England and much of Europe it is usually considered a native species here too. It has become extremelty common around West Dunbartonshire. And can be very impressive. When left uncut, it gets quite tall. 

For comparison refer to cow parsley which is extremely similar index.asp?pageid=732532

It likes the edges of woodlands and road verges, sometimes growing in the edges of hedges. Popularly known as sweet cicely, it has sweetly aniseed scented ferny foliage and frothy white flowers.

It makes a pleasant garden plant too. Its frothy white flowers and green foliage forming backdrops to other more prominent flowers in shade or sunshine. Divide in the Spring and Autumn, or let it self seed.

Sweet cicely spotted at the Helensburgh skating pond. Note how the peals are slightly notched at first, later deveoping pronounced "V"s.

PLANT WILD : https://plantwild.co.uk/product/sweet-cicely/

WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicely

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