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Hobart, IN
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2003
2:19 AM

Post #442634

I think this plant may have cross pollinated in my garden. It's in the mint family. I think it's anise hyssop/spearmint but I'm not sure. The leaves look kind of like spearmint, only larger. if I remember correctly, the large ones were about the size of a half dollar. It has a minty anise smell. The flower you can see and they grew on a stalk kind of like basil.

I was able to get a few seeds from it, and am hoping that is is perennial to my area, it's a pretty plant.

Anyone seen this before?

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Chariton, IA
(Zone 5b)

January 6, 2003
2:23 AM

Post #442637

Looks pretty whatever it is. Nice leaves.
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2003
5:39 PM

Post #443086

Try ... Shisho (Perilla frutescens)

Hobart, IN
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2003
12:24 AM

Post #444228

poppysue, you are right, thank you very much!

I did a search and couldn't come up with a picture that looked just like mine. I started looking through my books and found a picture of an identical plant in my Indiana Wildflower guide.

It says it's Perilla frutescens, Britton var. crispa It's an annual and an introduced plant. I wonder if they scatter the seeds in natural areas every year and how it got here?

Tulsa, OK
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2003
1:50 AM

Post #444309

You will have it forever! It seeds all over the place, but you can easily pull out the baby plants. My sister uses it as a ground cover under the trees with surface roots, where she can't plant anything else.

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