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Please help me identify this bush/herb/plant thing. We purchased a new house in Pompano Beach, FL with this in the garden. It has a very thick woody stem (must have been there for awhile), grows back fairly fast when cut back and smells like mint (though the leaves do not look like traditional mint). The leaves are longish and soft and it just started producing these yellow daisy-like flowers. Any thoughts? My husband thought it was some sort of rue (and wanted me to drink it when I was sick - YIKES!! haha) but out of all the photos we have seen, we can't find anything that looks like this - it is probably just some sort of weed - but it smells nice so we leave it.
Looks like a tagetes (Marigold) to me too. Not sure of the variety. Is it in full sun? because it almost looks like its not and growing kind of sideways like its looking for the sun? Maybe that would describe its habit?
Tagetes lemmonii tends to sprawl especially when not growing in a location with a lot of sunlight. It has a fragrance similar to anise or some say it smells like licorice (not lemon-like). It blooms during short day periods (spring, fall). If it is being cut-back frequently, it would not be as tall.
The picured plant might be Tagetes lemmonii.'Compacta' which of course is a smaller version of Tagetes lemmonii. It grows to between 2 and 4 feet tall and wide. (Its PlantFile entry has the height incorrectly entered.) With its "open" growth habit and weak new stems, it could easily sprawl very low.