Osmorhiza claytonii (Clayton’s Sweetroot) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they need a period of chilling, which is easiest to provide by surface-sowing fresh seeds outdoors in July through January; the seedlings should then appear when conditions are right in spring. If you are sowing after January, give the pot an artificial chilling period of about 2 months before setting it outdoors for germination.

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Clayton’s sweetroot (Osmorhiza claytonii) is also called sweet Cicely—a common name associated with several other plants—and it does share a resemblance, forming clumps of lacy green leaves with upright, branched stems that carry heads of tiny white flowers in late spring to early summer. The root has a licorice scent—not that you’ll want to dig it up once you get it started, anyway. The plants typically reach about 2 feet tall in bloom. They do best in light all-day shade, with evenly moist, fertile soil: ideal for a shade border or woodland garden. This species is native to much of the eastern half of North America. Its flowers provide nectar and pollen for a variety of pollinators, and the foliage is a food source for the larvae of black swallowtail butterfly. Zones 3 to 7 or 8.

2022-collected seeds are sold out. I hope to collect again in July 2023. Each packet contains at least 15 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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