The Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata) belongs to Apiaceae (the Carrot family). It is a perennial herb that is native to western and central Europe, but has become widely naturalized throughout Europe. It is the sole species in the genus. It grows in meadows, along roadsides, and in forests, and is 60 to 120 cm tall. It has a hollow, erect, branched stem with two or three times pinnate compound leaves. Small white flowers bloom in compound umbels at the top of the stem from April to May. When crushed, the flowers have a strong anise fragrance. It is rarely seen in herb gardens today.