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Western Sweetroot

Osmorhiza occidentalis




First Noted by Expedition
April 25, 1806, along the Columbia River, Oregon.
 

Description
Small groups of white flowers clustered on thin, hollow stalks. Fernlike, divided into blunt-toothed or lobed leaflets, each 1/2-3 1/2" (1.5-9 cm) long. Height: 1 1/2-3' (45-90 cm).
 

Habitat
Montane, subalpine. Woodlands, meadows.
 

Range
Pacific Northwest and Western U.S.—Washington south to California and eastward to Colorado.
 

Note
The roots give off an anise (licorice) smell when crushed.
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