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Sweet Cicely
  Osmorhiza chilensis

* Native plant; prefers shady moist well drained soils.

* Member of the parsley and carrot family.

* Stems, leaves, seeds, and roots are sweet with a taste of licorice or anise.

* Curiously, is found in Chile in similar habitats (referred to as “amphi-tropical distribution”).

* Notice that the leaf veins end in the tips of the serrations along the leaf edge.

* Do not eat any member of the carrot or parsley family unless identification is absolutely certain. Notice that there are three leaflets and the central leaflet is somewhat arrowhead-shaped.

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