Need help identifying wild plant/herb...

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  1. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not sure if this is the right forum to post this!

    We have several patches of this wild weed/herb growing on our property and I can't identify it in any of my herb/weed/wildflower books (and I've looked in several). My aunt thought it was "horse mint" but I found horse mint in one of my books and it doesn't have the same type leaves.

    The leaves are very narrow, the stems grow very tall, butterflies love the cluster of white blooms (blooms in late Spring/early Summer) and I love the wonderful mint smell the plant has. If you mow it you think you're inside a pack of chewing gum. The smell is pleasant and very strong.

    Anyone got any idea what this is?

    http://www.funtigo.com/img/i819766_41863.jpg
     
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    I have something very similar, although I've never noticed the mint smell (probably because it's drowned out by the smell of ragweed and wild basil :rolleyes: ).

    I have no idea what it is, but have always though of it as maybe being some kind of daisy or similar plant or hybrid. I mean, coreopsis grows everywhere around here --- I had an entire field of it earlier this year. So maybe - ? - maybe some kind of similar kind of naturalization process of a domestic or hybrid - ?
     

  3. Cyngbaeld

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    Can't really tell much from the picture. Do you think it might be a chamomile?
     
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    The back ground is too distracting to really tell what it is. Can you pull one up by the roots, put it on a plain background and take a picture of it??
     
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    Never heard of yarrow smelling like mint, tho that second photo did look a little like it. Chamomile smells like apples usually. It has small daisy like flowers (that's what I saw in the first photo). Mint flowers don't look like daisies.
     
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    You're right, the first one doesn't look like yarrow at all.
    I had just looked at the last one.
     
  9. Ravenlost

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    The flowers of this plant grow in clusters...more like mint flowers than chamomile. They aren't like a small daisy at all.

    The plant isn't blooming right now (these photos were taken last year) but I will take a sprig of it to my county extension agent. I can't find anything close to it and am leaning toward it being some type of mint. The leaves don't look like any mint I've ever seen before, but the flowers resemble mint flowers (other than the color) and the odor is DEFINITELY right.
     
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    You can check to see if it's in the mint family pretty easily, but that doesn't guarantee it's an edible variety. Feel the stems. If they're square in cross section, so that you can feel four sides to the stem, it's a mint of some type. Once again, not everything in the mint family is edible, so you still need to get more info, but that will narrow it down.

    Meg :)
     
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    Why come? That website showed yellow blooms but the text said white or pale lavender? Is it just my monitor? Raven's pix look yellow too.
     
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    It's not your monitor unless mine is screwy too. :)

    I grew mountain mint several years ago for everlasting arrangements. Flowers were definitely white and I didn't notice a "mint" scent but I was only cutting stems and not mowing them down.

    katy
     
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    Katy, thanks. I depend on having true colors if I'm going to use the computer for research/plant ID etc.
     
  15. Ravenlost

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    WOO HOO...THAT'S IT!!! :worship: Thank you Katy!

    To be exact, the variety I have growing is Narrowleaf Mountain Mint.

    The flowers on my plants are white. (You can blame any off colors on Wal Mart developing.) I've never cut the stems...I usually just pull off the leaves to get a whiff of the lovely mint smell...and of course, every time I mow the air is filled with it. Makes mowing quite enjoyable.

    Is Mountain Mint edible? Can I gather it for tea?

    Ohhhh...I am doing a happy dance! This has been puzzling me for two years!

    :haha:
     
  16. katydidagain

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    I haven't a clue but these folks could probably help you.

    Missouri Botanical Garden
    4344 Shaw Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO 63110
    (314) 577-9400
    1-800-642-8842

    I can't get their site to work but here's the main link:
    http://www.mobot.org/

    katy
     
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    Thanks again Katy! :)