what is this wild herb?

messymoops(z6a MA)August 21, 2007

Can someone help me with this one? I found this by the sidewalk the other day. It is a tall plant (there were many along the way). It caught my eye with its silvery foliage and the white flowers. It looked like lavender, and when I smelled the leaves, it smells like rosemary, only a softer version. Still pronounced, but softer. I can't find wild rosemary on the internet (not that looks like this) So I come to you folks!

Thanks

mary

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carol23_gw

I'm not positive without seeing the whole plant, but it may be Eupatorium capillifolium.

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    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 4:37PM
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messymoops(z6a MA)

Hmm...it looks KIND of like it, but the stalk on the one I see is not so thick. I was just out walking again and decided that it definitely is more like lavender than rosemary. I'm surprised I'm not finding it anywhere online. But I guess I have to know what I'm looking for!

Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 5:37PM
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messymoops(z6a MA)

Here's another picture (since I haven't yet figured out how to do two pics in one post!!Argh!) The plant is tall, about 4-5 feet. And the 'flowers' aren't open on any of the plants, it's just these little balls...

Thanks!

Mary

Here is a link that might be useful: more wild herb

    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 5:47PM
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messymoops(z6a MA)

This seems to be white sagebrush. Artemisia ludoviciara. phewf! It sure smells nice!

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    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 9:35PM
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janet_e(6B PA)

I suspect your plant might actually be mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), which is very common in New England. The flowers of mugwort are pretty similar to those of white sagebrush, but the leaves are different. The link below has photos of muwort, including the leaves.

Here is a link that might be useful: Artemisia vulgaris

    Bookmark   August 22, 2007 at 9:04PM
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