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California Sweetcicely
Osmorhiza brachypoda
About California Sweetcicely (Osmorhiza brachypoda) Nurseries Show All Photos Osmorhiza brachypoda is a species of flowering plant in the carrot family known by the common name California sweetcicely. It is native to mountainous and wooded areas of California and Arizona, at elevations from 200-2,000 meters (660-6,560 ft). Habitats include chaparral and woodlands and coniferous forests. It is found in the Southern California Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, and the central and southern Sierra Nevada foothills. Osmorhiza brachypoda is a hairy, aromatic perennial herb growing 30-80 centimetres (12-31 in) tall. The green leaves have blades up to 20 centimeters long which are divided into toothed or lobed leaflets. The blade is borne on a long petiole. The inflorescence is a compound umbel of many tiny greenish yellow flowers at the tip of a stemlike peduncle. The narrow, elongated fruit is ribbed and bristly, measuring up to 2 centimeters long. EcologyThis is the only known host plant for the California endemic moth Greya suffusca.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1 - 2.6 ft (0.3 - 0.8 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Green

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
320' - 7879'

Annual Precip. ?
5.6" - 64.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.93"

Coldest Month ?
38.2° F - 54.3° F

Hottest Month ?
57.7° F - 80.4° F

Humidity ?
0.73 vpd - 31.12 vpd

Butterflies ?

Agonopterix rosaciliella Image
Agonopterix rosaciliellaAgonopterix rosaciliella

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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