Sweet Cicely – Attracting Beneficial Insects

Permaculture Bug Bedtime Stories - Attracting Beneficial  Insects

The Sweet Cicely ( Myrrhis odorata ) flower attracts and provides nectar for this syrphid fly, which hopefully will stick around the farm, because syrphid fly larva eat up to 40 aphids a day. It is nice to know I have all these helpers flying around , I’ll give them a special “two thumbs up” in this weeks IPM report.  Sweet Cicely is not just  about bugs,  people use the sweet aniseed flavored leaves as a low-calorie sweeter.