does anyone know what this ferny looking plant is? It smells and tastes like licorice. (angelica growing behind it)
Looks like hemlock, conium maculatum.
Is this a joke, or do you make it a habit of tasting mystery plants?
Here is a link that might be useful: Hemlock
close, but poison hemlock is said to smell 'mouse-like' and musty and taste bitter/acrid. (if it had smelled like a mouse, i'm pretty sure i wouldn't have tasted it)
it looks alot like Ligusticum porteri (Porter's licorice-root), which is not native to connecticut. maybe a relative?
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The picture is small, but it almost looks like feverfew.
Maybe Chaerophyllum procumbens, wild chervil.
Here is a link that might be useful: Chaerophyllum procumbens, wild chervil
It's Myrris odorata--sweet cicely
Hardy biennial--large black seeds about 1/2 inch long with sharp ridges--white umbelliferous flowers heads in late spring/early summer. Reseeds easily. I love this plant.
Nina in PA6
it's not feverfew or wild chervil--the licorice smell is a huge clue in trying to find out what this is. this plant just showed up this year and i haven't seen it flower yet.
how about sweet cicely?
Here is a link that might be useful: sweet cicely
our messages and thoughts must've crossed paths. i hope this solves the mystery.
i wonder where it came from?
Sweet Cicely it is. It is a beautiful plant, great for part-shade places. I would suspect a stray seed or seedling hitched a ride...perhaps in another plant's pot since it sounds like a garden area.
Just a word of warning, please don't taste plants you don't know 100%. There are some very toxic plants out there. Please be safe and smart!