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Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2002
9:59 PM

Post #378671

I was walking in our woods today with Lacemosaic, We discovered this little plant blooming, the flowers smell just like Anise or Licorice!! I have many small shrubs and trees that I can't identify.

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justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

October 8, 2002
2:31 AM

Post #379739

it is very pretty whatever it is!

I was looking in my Field Guide to North American Wildflowers and there is one in there that the flower looks like it, however the picture in the book does not show the leaves. The name they gave for it was : Labrador Tea
(Ledum groenlandicum)Could this be the same?

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Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 8, 2002
2:53 AM

Post #379758

I have no idea!! It's only about 2 ft tall, a young shrub I think.
MaVieRose
High Desert, CA
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2002
4:52 AM

Post #380526

no it is not the same. the leaves are different here's the link ... http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/ledumgroe.html

could it be white baneberry >>> http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/actaeapach.html

edited to add:
enchanter's night shade? >>> http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/circaealute.html

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Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2002
12:44 PM

Post #380662

Might be that Nightshade - the flowers are pale yellow.
Baa

October 9, 2002
5:29 PM

Post #380886

It's not Enchanters Nightshade as they have teeny pure white flowers.
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


October 11, 2002
11:16 AM

Post #382280

...and little burrs that stick to you like glue!! LOL
I agree Baa, definitely not Enchanters' Nightshade.

Wrong leaf for baneberry i think and not Labrador Tea either.

Not being much help - have no suggestions as to what it might be :(
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


October 13, 2002
8:23 AM

Post #383734

Azalea, you say it smells like licorice or anise? Could it be some form of anise hyssop? http://plantsdatabase.com/search.php?search_text=anise hyssop&Search.x=48&Search.y=13
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 13, 2002
12:07 PM

Post #383810

Weezi - I think you've got it!! I'll have to go back & see if the blooms have turned purple yet.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


October 13, 2002
6:46 PM

Post #384045

Azalea: Some anise hyssop have white blooms and do not turn purple. However, this plant doesn't look exactly like anise hyssop to me, but is similar in some respects, particularly the anise scent to the leaves. Here a closeup of the white anise hyssop for you to compare: http://plantsdatabase.com/showpicture/9343/

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