Osmorhiza claytonii

Common name: Clayton's Sweetroot

Native plant

Clayton’s sweetroot is a hairy plant with open clusters of small, white flowers that rise above the foliage on stalks from upper leaf axils. Blooming in May and June, the plant reaches 2’ typically and prefers part to full shade and rich moist soils. The roots of this plant have an anise-like odor when bruised. Generally found in moist woods.

Contract grow only.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 1
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 32 (plugs)
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure


Bloom period


Urban environment

Maple Shade Tolerant, Uncompacted Urban Soils


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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