Help ID'ing HErb

sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)June 26, 2009

I recieved some seeds in a trade that were labeled as Mint 'Lemon'....after growing them out I am not so sure that they are what the label said they are. They have the same growth habit as a mint ie. square stem ...but the aroma and taste is more like a spicy oregano(with a tiny after tingle that has me a little concerned). I am hoping someone can help me figure out what I have (no member name on the original package and I can't for the life of me remember who sent it so I can't track it down that way LOL)

Thanks for any help!

Donna :)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Monarda citriodora is sometimes called "lemon mint" as well as a whole host of other names: Lemon beebalm, Horsemint, Purple horsemint, Plains horsemint, Lemon horsemint. It's a possibility. Compare and see what you think.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 3:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sunnyk(Z6 SW Coastal CT)

Boy afgter googling that 'Monarda citriodora', it sure looks like what I have, but every site mentions the foliage smelling strongly of citrus when crushed....and mine smells just like a fine oregano LOL....maybe I have something new going on here!! Thanks for id'ing it for me :)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 4:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
francescod(6b/7a VA)

Monarda citriodora has a couple of subspecies. M. citriodora subsp. citriodora has more of lemon/citrus aroma. M. citriodora subsp. austromontana, native to the southwest and western Mexico is sometimes called oregano and is used as a substitute for oregano or thyme. Both subspecies are high in thymol. M. fistulosa is also a good oregano substitute- it has a very spicy oregano flavor.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 10:36PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What is attacking my basil? Whiteflies?
I have an indoor growlight which has allowed me to...
xiaobao12
HELP!!! My mint plant is growing SMALLER!!!
Just over a week ago, I purchased a potted mint plant...
James Lim
Herb Seedlings Yellowing - Basil, Oregano, Chives
I just started some herb seeds and was wondering if...
syntria
Unidentified Herb, Maybe Mint??
Moved into a new home over the winter. Within the...
Trinacria
Discoloring leaf tips on basil
Can someone tell what's going on with my basil plant?...
patio_garden
Sponsored Products
Cook N Home 4-piece Glass Canister with Stainless Window Set
Overstock.com
Boneless Turkey Breast
$75.00 | Horchow
The Alsace Hanging Center - GC1
$469.99 | Hayneedle
Fruit Trough by Gus Modern
$97.75 | Lumens
International Caravan Santa Fe 4-Tier Bakers Rack
Overstock.com
Nourison Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Nourison Rugs Fantasy Herb 3 ft. 6 in. x 5
$98.97 | Home Depot
50-gallon Rain Barrel
$99.00 | FRONTGATE
Campania International Linea Planter - Set of 3 - 6324-13403
$629.99 | Hayneedle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™