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Plant Identification: Can you ID this licorice-scented perennial?

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nowax
Winfield, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 19, 2013
11:04 AM

Post #9390176

I have a really nice plant in my yard that was there when I purchased my house. (I live in zone 5.) It is perennial that seems to prefer full sun. It has white blooms in spring. And it has a wonderful licorice scent. Also, it seems to be very resistant to drought.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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vngarden
Seattle, WA

January 19, 2013
11:22 AM

Post #9390206

If you want us to have a better odd of identifying your plant, you should take some marco shots of the foliage, flowers, etc. Given all the data provided by your images, I am guessing that it resembles Cardamine macrophylla.
Rlalique
Bristol
United Kingdom

January 19, 2013
11:22 AM

Post #9390207

Valeriana officinalis.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 19, 2013
11:36 AM

Post #9390224

Sweet cicely, Myrrhis odorata, fits both the photos and licorice-scented foliage description.
Rlalique
Bristol
United Kingdom

January 19, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9390504

Leaf shape is wrong for Myrrhis.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 19, 2013
5:34 PM

Post #9390595

Doh, you're absolutely right.
Can't say I've ever noticed licorice scent from Valeriana officinalis, though it fits in appearance.

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