Osmorhiza claytonii (Michx.) C.B.Clarke
Family: Apiaceae
bland sweet cicely, Clayton's sweet-root, hairy sweet cicely
Osmorhiza claytonii image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Osmorhiza: from the Greek osme, "odor," and rhiza, "root," meaning "odorous root," in reference to the fragrance of the crushed root
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall, odorless forb, stem and leaves covered with fine, white hairs; roots thickened
Leaves: toothed or lobed, 2 times pinnately-divided; lower stalked, upper stalkless
Flowers: white, 5-parted, straight styles shorter than the petals; inflorescence a 3" compound umbel with 3-6 stalked, few-flowered, bracted umbellets from the top and the sides of the stem; blooms May-June
Fruits: dry, sides nearly straight and parallel, splitting into 2 seeds- fruit:fruit drawing seed:
Habitat: moist; woods, forests
Conservation Status: Native