Native Plant ID?

roselee z8b S.W. TexasApril 27, 2013

Patty found this growing in West Texas. I love the way it grows with individual stems coming up from the base and especially the heavily textured leaves. Anyone know what it is?

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phoenix7801

Its horehound I believe.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marrubium_vulgare

I've seen it with fuzzy leaves but I think a non fuzzy variety exists.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:22PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Joey, I think you nailed it. Imagine Patty finding a European herb growing wild in West Texas! Not so strange actually as it has become a weed outside of its range.

The leaves have a somewhat bitter taste, but I like horehound candy, plus it often works better for soothing a cough than over the counter cough medicines.

Here is a link that might be useful: Joey's link ...

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 3:53PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Once I asked a young lady in a drug store if they had any horehound. I got a wide eyed "I BEG YOUR PARDON?" in reply ... LOL She had evidentally never heard of it although they did have it in the cough drop sectionl

Link about Marrubium vulgare.

Here is a link that might be useful: Horehound herbal uses ...

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:02PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Trying again ...

Here is a link that might be useful: Horehound herbal use ..,

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:09PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

Maybe the early settlers brought in plants for candy making?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:49PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Yes, and for medicinal purposes.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 9:06PM
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wally_1936(8b)

Years ago I worked at a hunting lease down near Bracketville. There were quite a few of them all growing under the trees. They were not as tall as the one posted but they were sort of bushy.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 12:33AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

It is all over in some fields around here.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 1:04PM
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