Where can I find a good plant identifying site? (m)

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  1. Montana Mom

    Montana Mom Well-Known Member

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    I've found a wild growing thing in my yard that I am certain is a herb (it smells) but I can't recognize it otherwise.

    Web sites and book references appreciated.
     
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    Book recommendation:
    by "Wildman" Steve Brill with Evelyn Dean
    _Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants ...._

    He has info on a website, but I don't have the url anymore. Do a google search with his name should come up. I bought his cookbook, but too many of his recipes include tofu which we don't use.
     
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    If you can describe it, I'll bet we can narrow down or even pin-point what it is.

    It would help to know where you are in MT, or what type of area you are in. I'm in the next state over, so know the forest types, but I am from Eastern Montana originally.
     
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    You might try plants.com or seeds.com.
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  7. Montana Mom

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    I'm in West-Central Montana. Strangely enough, it looks very similar to the leaf top of a carrot! It has a very strong kind of minty smell. I was sitting on my porch swing and could smell it in the yard, sending me hunting for the source!

    Thanks for the leads y'all.
     
  8. bare

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    Well, how about Wild Carrot?


    http://www.altnature.com/gallery/Wild_Carrot.htm

    If that isn't it, go to the home page of the same site and have a look at either Chamomile or Yarrow.

    All are pungent herbs in our area, that some would describe as carrot-topped.

    If for some reason we can't figure out what it is, you can always take a sample to your county extension agent, or county weed agent. Those folks are usually pretty fair in the botany department and if they get stumped, have the resources to find out what it is.
     
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    Be sure!!! Hemlock looks like what you describe.
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    Shadowwalker, you mention Hemlock...

    I found what I thought was wild carrot then I found a plant that looks identical except for in the cluster of white flowers at the center is a single purple organ(very distinct once noted).
    any ideas? It's not in flower yet but i'll get pictures when it is.

    thanks.
     
  11. OD

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    primal1:
    There is a lot of the plant (004) in my yard. It has a strong smell, & I used to think it was yarrow, but wasn't sure, so I never used any of it. I would like to know what it is, too.
     
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    I had guessed is was Yarrow(004) and just got a PM from another member saying it was. This is not to say run out and eat it lol, but I'm guessing you already know that. Glad the gallery brought you a step closer to Iding it though! :D


     
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    Somebody told me that it was Queen Anne's Lace, but the leaves aren't quite right for that. I think I'll brew up a little tea & see if it smells right--might even taste it. It must be a pretty hardy plant to grow all the way from Canada to Texas!