Aniseroot (Osmorhiza longistylis)
Aniseroot is distinguishable by the larger number of white flowers per umbellet (7-16) and the pleasant anise (licorice) smell that emits from the root or crushed leaves. historically it was used as a treatment for digestive disorders and as an antiseptic wash for a range of ailments. Osmorhiza longistylis can grow up to 2’ in medium, medium-wet soils, under shade or partial sun. The seed are slightly prickly and often cling to animals and the cloths of humans, which helps in the dispersal of the seeds.
Sun Exposure - Partial, Shade
Soil Moisture - Medium-Wet, Medium
Height - 2 feet
Bloom Time - May, June
Bloom Color - White
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.