The Myrrhis genus has only one member - Myrrhis odorata, but goes under many common names; it is a hardy perennial and grows from between 90 cm and 1.5 m (3 to 5 feet) in heights.
Its seeds are used in culinary use. The common names are Cicely and Sweet Cicely. It is closely related toMyrrhis include Chervil and Anise.
Chervil comes into bloom in the summer and carries small white flowers; the foliage of the plant is fern like.
Myrrhis odorata (Sweet cecily) photograph by amandabhslater.
Sweet Cicely plants picture by wallygrom.
Common Names: Cicely, Sweet Cicely.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 36 to 78 inches (90 to 200 cm).
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.
The seeds of Cicely should be sown outdoors in the winter about three months before the last frost of spring is expected.
Sow the Cicely seeds at about 3 mm (1/8 inch) deep into either a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden.
Anise likes to grow in deep soil, that is fertile. Mix in manure deeply when sowing.
If you prefer to first grow Cicely plants indoors, then sow the seeds about two months before they are due outdoors. They can be put out in the spring or autumn.
The first step of germination requires that you freeze the seeds for one month. Next sow at a temperature of 12 to 18 degrees centigrade (54 to 64°F).
It should take from two to six weeks for the Anise seeds to germinate. Once ready transplant Cicely at about 60 cm (2 feet) apart.
It is easy to care for Myrrhis plants as long as they have a deep soil to grow in.
If you are planning to harvest seeds for use in the kitchen, then let them set, otherwise deadhead the plants before the seeds set as Anise is likely to spread uncontrollably given a chance.