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Plant Identification: SOLVED: what is it?

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flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2002
7:28 PM

Post #29401

I have no clue what it is...maybe some sort of mint. It has a smell if you break off a leaf and rub it. I can't quite make it out though since I'm not experienced in gardening yet :)

It grows like mad on the outside of the neighbors fence area. It's kinda fuzzy, the leaves are.

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motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2002
7:48 PM

Post #262017

Susan, It looks like catnip.
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2002
7:49 PM

Post #262018

is that what it is? very odd that it's growing there like that :)
poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


May 15, 2002
8:43 PM

Post #262042

What's the smell like? Catnip has a sorta skunkish smell to my nose. I think it looks like apple mint.
REDROSE
New Iberia, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 15, 2002
8:45 PM

Post #262043

It look the same Catnip what I have here.
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2002
9:57 PM

Post #262088

went to the nursery and tried to find the stuff there. Closest I came to was Applemint. It's not Catnip, it doesn't look like the stuff they had at the greenhouse that was Catnip anyway. It has a kinda pleasant smell actually, I will have to go back out there and smell it again...LOL
Gwydion
Kitchener, ON
(Zone 5A)

May 15, 2002
10:00 PM

Post #262091

Could it be Lemon Balm?
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2002
10:54 PM

Post #262117

hmmmmm...not sure...I do know however that the whole plant is kinda fuzzy looking. Like it has all these tiny hairs on it, you know? I don't know how to explain it..LOL
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2002
11:16 PM

Post #262126

Ok, I smelled it again. It's not apple mint. Does Lemon Balm kinda smell sort or like a sprite in a way? I guess that's what it smells like
Gwydion
Kitchener, ON
(Zone 5A)

May 15, 2002
11:31 PM

Post #262131

My lemon balm has a faint lemony scent and is hairy like that one. It is also all over my lawn.. very invasive little beggar. Baa will know. She knows everything :)
Debby
Milo, IA
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2002
12:08 AM

Post #262155

It sure does look like lemon balm.
jerdy
Altstaedten
Germany

May 16, 2002
12:48 PM

Post #262397

Yes, Lemon Balm, Melissa
tink76627
Blum, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2002
2:39 PM

Post #262443

I was thinking Lemon balm also. my catnip has a scolloped leaf edge.If not. It should be in the mint family anyway.
lupinelover
Grove City, OH
(Zone 6a)


May 16, 2002
8:27 PM

Post #262665

Lemon balm has a much more scalloped edge leaf. I vote catnip (or maybe a natural cross between the two?) Lemon balm is a distinct mint/lemon smell. It is a very light green (almost chartreuse) when it first emerges.
Badseed
Hillsboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2002
8:40 PM

Post #262669

I don't think it is lemon balm-mine is dark green, somewhat shiny and has a very heavy lemon scent. I think catnip smells more like urine or medicine and is more gray and hairy. I'm trying to remember what horehound looks like. I killed mine. LOL I can send you a pic of my lemon balm or catnip if they aren't in the database. I don't know about where you are but down here we have some sort of wild mint that sort of smells like pineapple and is furry like that. I have never really tried to find a name for it.
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 16, 2002
8:48 PM

Post #262672

this has a smell kind a like a sprite when you first open it up.
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

May 16, 2002
8:48 PM

Post #262673

Looks just like my lemon balm. when you crush the leaves, does it smell like lemons?
Gwydion
Kitchener, ON
(Zone 5A)

May 17, 2002
12:50 AM

Post #262822

Perhaps there is more than one type of lemon balm.. or mine was mis-labled. It is identiacal to what I thought was Lemon Balm.
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2002
12:52 AM

Post #262825

I'll take some to the roundup, maybe someone there can tell for sure :)
Baa

May 17, 2002
10:39 AM

Post #263065

Gwy thanks for the vote of confidence LOL.

This is a tough one and I agree with Poppysue applemint would be my fist choice. I don't know what Sprite smells like but a similar woolly mint with a curious smell (to me anyway) is Bowles mint - Mentha x villosa 'Alopecuroides', some say its an apple/spearmint smell, others say strongly mint or strongly apple, to me it's sort of fruity, fresh. Plants smell different to different people so only Flowox can tell :)
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2002
1:14 PM

Post #263117

Baa, Sprite smells like Lemon/Lime Fanta (Not sure if you have Fanta, we did in Germany). Lemon Lime soda pop

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