Any ideas what this is...?

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Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Ricasso » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:55 am

The pix aren't great, but can anyone put a name to this plant? They're everywhere on my plot and in the mountains. I can't see anything like it on the internet. The flower's a bit Lavender-like (although I think that in the picture some flowers have fallen off), and the leaves a bit fern-like but quite thick and they are amazingly fragrant when squeezed so I'm guessing some kind of herb. A name would be great! Thanks..
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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Wicksey » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 am

We've always called it wild lavender, we've got loads too!

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Postby country boy » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:34 am

Wild Lavender here too, although not doing so well as some years , I think because of the lack of rain. The bees love it.

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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Ricasso » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:50 pm

Thanks for that. The bees do love it and it brings a bit of colour and lovely fragrance to the hills.. Thanks again.
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Postby chrissiehope » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:39 pm

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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Ricasso » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:59 am

Thanks chrissiehope. I Googled 'Wild Lavender' as wicksey and country boy suggested and it came up with the 'Fern Lavender' which has identical leaves to mine...
https://bonnieplants.com/product/spanish-eyes-fernleaf-lavender/
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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby chrissiehope » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:10 pm

Yes, I'd agree - shame they don't give the botanical name ...
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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Wicksey » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:46 pm

https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/item_76 ... eyes_seeds

is this it? I also found it on an American site and they said the leaves are poisonous but otherwise couldn't find a lot about it. Our cats come in smelling of it and very fragrant.

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Postby Ricasso » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:46 pm

That's the one! So there's the botanical name.. poisonous leaves though?....
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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Gasman » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:16 pm

We have a lot of what we call wild lavender round here.
https://www.gardenia.net/plant-variety/lavandula-stoechas-lavender
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavandula_stoechas
We will call it Spanish lavender from now on --- lovely to look at, but we find its smell somewhat pungent rather than attractive.

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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Wicksey » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:37 pm

It only said poisonous on one Amercian site and I can't find it again and no other site mentions it.

I notice it is described as the leaves having a scent like oregano which is quite accurate as I always found it smelt more herby than what I know of as lavender.

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Re: Any ideas what this is...?

Postby Ricasso » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:28 pm

I couldn't see anything about it being poisonous. In fact the link https://bonnieplants.com/product/spanish-eyes-fernleaf-lavender/ suggests culinary uses. I bought a really big one today for €4 - Bargain, I thought! I agree it has a very herbal smell rather than lavender..
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