Plant ID?

andrewofthelemon(7b Central Arkansas)July 16, 2011

Okay, so i just (about an hour ago) recieved two herbs for my birthday. The first i am pretty sure is foxglove.

Pretty root-bound.

Here's the one i have no clue. It has a smell that kind of smells like lettuce, only sweet. Its silvery, and a family member compared it to Silver Mound, which isn't really a herb.

also is pretty root-bound

Thanks!

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

The first looks like foxglove to me as well. And the second looks like an artemisia.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 9:52AM
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andrewofthelemon(7b Central Arkansas)

artemisia, can't say i've ever heard of it, but i'm going to look it up! Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 10:30AM
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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

Artemisia - a family of plants, not really one single plant. It looks like Wormwood to me - Artemisia absinthium. Can grow to a large shrub, and might inhibit growth of other plants nearby. It has quite a distinctive smell to it. Not a herb to used lightly, but its colour is pretty in the garden. It used to be used in the making of the liqueur ABSINTHE - but now that use is banned. It has an interesting story, worth checking out online.

Warning: Use internally only under expert supervision and for short periods of time only. Can cause convulsions, delirium, hallucinations and even death. Can become addictive. Avoid when pregnant. Its use is banned in many countries.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 6:20PM
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andrewofthelemon(7b Central Arkansas)

it smells like sweet lettuce

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 7:20PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

And that foxglove is toxic goes without saying.

Neither of these plants should be used for any purpose other than general interest in the flower bed. You DO understand that, andrew....right? They aren't 'herbs' in the culinary sense that most of us use that word.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 11:35PM
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andrewofthelemon(7b Central Arkansas)

Yup :) foxglove is used for what...digitalus?

Whats bad is my grandmother gave me this stuff...

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 12:20AM
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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

Your grandmother did you a kindness - both plants are beautiful in the garden. Tomatoes and potatoes are poisonous, too, when used incorrectly, and they aren't so pretty!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 5:29AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I totally agree...they are lovely additions to the flower garden.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 11:13AM
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biscgolf

daisy is right- looks like wormwood... give it plenty of space- it will get huge.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 8:11AM
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basil_lover123

The wormwood I grew years ago was so lovely (silvery after a rain, and lacy) - it will need at least 2 feet of space around. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 2:51PM
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batyabeth

Artemisia arborescens L.
Tree Wormwood

What we here call "Sheba" (the Arabic name, really). We use it in tea, especially for tummy cramps and upsets. Yes, it's bitter, we usually put honey in it. Of course we don't overuse it, but it's considered a normal herbal help for stomach stuff. Many folks like it as a now and then tea.

So is this the same plant that you all are calling poisonous? I have it planted with the other and medicinal herbs, and all seem to be happy - actually, that garden is doing the best out of all of them! The winter veggie garden attempt was less than a success......

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 10:01AM
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