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Miranda Converse
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Trying to figure out what this plant is. I spread a whole bunch of seeds this past winter and this is one of the ones who popped up everywhere. Of course I didn't keep track of what I planted so I don't know what it is. It has a slightly licorice mixed with fruit scent, maybe some mint in there. It seems to have a different smell every time I smell it...

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It looks like one of the scented basils to me...I had some that popped up odd places for years.  The bees loved them...I tried making tea with some of the leaves and sometimes added to salads but mostly just enjoyed as a volunteer.  One was anise scented and one   smelled like cinnamon and a couple others.....I think some call one of them a 'holy basil' but I think that name is given to a broad range of basils.  I've had at least three different ones given me that were called holy basil and they all were a different scent.
 
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Hmm I've been thinking it was catmint which is in the same family as basil.  I'm pretty sure I spread both types of seeds though.  Going by google images, it does look more like holy basil...wish there was a way to know for sure!
 
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Miranda Converse wrote:Hmm I've been thinking it was catmint which is in the same family as basil.


I thought catmint had fuzzy leaves like catnip? I've never grown it though.
Your plant's leaves look smooth...
 
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It looks to me like a Hyssop of some sort. My Anise Hyssop is blooming right now, and looks very similar to this.
 
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Judith Browning wrote:
Miranda Converse wrote:Hmm I've been thinking it was catmint which is in the same family as basil.


I thought catmint had fuzzy leaves like catnip? I've never grown it though.
Your plant's leaves look smooth...


This plant is definitely pretty hairy, I think you can see it best in the third picture...
 
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Tracy Wandling wrote:It looks to me like a Hyssop of some sort. My Anise Hyssop is blooming right now, and looks very similar to this.


I had to go look at my anise hyssop, and yes, it's similar.  That would fit the licorice smell also. 

How tall are the plants? My basils never got more than a foot or so and spread out while the anise hyssop would reach two to three feet tall. 
What pollinators are you noticing on them?  Bumble bees love my anise hyssop and never touched the basils, if that helps...

 
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here's a couple pics of anise hyssop flowers and leaves...both really past their prime though.
I think they do look similar if not the same? on second look maybe not...I never was any good at those 'tell the difference' things.....
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Judith Browning wrote:
Tracy Wandling wrote:It looks to me like a Hyssop of some sort. My Anise Hyssop is blooming right now, and looks very similar to this.


I had to go look at my anise hyssop, and yes, it's similar.  That would fit the licorice smell also. 

How tall are the plants? My basils never got more than a foot or so and spread out while the anise hyssop would reach two to three feet tall. 
What pollinators are you noticing on them?  Bumble bees love my anise hyssop and never touched the basils, if that helps...



These get to be about two feet tall and about as wide.  I haven't seen a whole lot of pollinators on them, wasn't paying attention to be honest. I do have two bee hives about 20 ft away from them but have not noticed the bees on them. I went out this weekend to see if I could catch any pollinators but the only thing I saw was a weird crabby looking white spider.

I don't think these quite fit the anise hyssop. They don't look quite the same as the picture you posted and, unless these are wild plants, I have never bought anise hyssop seed so it wouldn't make sense that they would be growing in my beds.  Unless it goes by any other names maybe?
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