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Osmorhiza longistylis - (Torr.)DC.

Common Name Aniseroot, Longstyle sweetroot
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich, often alluvial woods and thickets[43]. Woods, often along the sides of streams in Texas[274].
Range Eastern N. America - Nova Scotia to Ontario, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas and Colorado.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Osmorhiza longistylis Aniseroot, Longstyle sweetroot


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Osmorhiza longistylis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root  Shoots
Edible Uses: Condiment  Tea

Root - raw or cooked. Very sweet, aromatic and fleshy[222]. A spicy flavour similar to anise, the roots are chewed, made into a tea or used as a flavouring[105, 171, 183]. Leaves and young shoots - raw. An anise flavour, they are added to salads[177, 183]. The green seeds have an anise flavour and are used as a flavouring in salads, the dry seeds are added to cakes etc[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Birthing aid  Ophthalmic  Poultice  Stomachic

A poultice of the roots are used in the treatment of boils and wounds[207, 222]. A tea made from the roots is stomachic[222]. It has been used in the treatment of stomach complaints, kidney problems, amenorrhoea, general debility, to ease childbirth and also to bathe sore eyes[222, 257].

References   More on Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Scented.

Special Uses

Food Forest  Scented Plants

References   More on Other Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any deep moisture-retentive soil in sun or dappled shade[200]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[200]. Well suited to naturalistic plantings in a woodland or wild garden[200]. A sweetly aromatic plant[200]. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. The root pattern is fibrous dividing into a large number of fine roots [1-2]. The root pattern is fleshy. Thick or swollen - fibrous or tap root [1-2].

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise sow it in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Osmorhiza aristata Perennial0.6 -  LMHSNM30 
Osmorhiza chilensis Perennial0.8 5-9  LMHSNM30 
Osmorhiza claytoniiWoolly Sweet-Cicely, Clayton's sweetrootPerennial1.0 5-9  LMHSNM311
Osmorhiza obtusa Perennial1.0 -  LMHSNM30 
Osmorhiza occidentalisWestern Sweet-Cicely, Western sweetrootPerennial1.0 5-9  LMHSNM321

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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