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?
Its horehound I believe.
I've seen it with fuzzy leaves but I think a non fuzzy variety exists.
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 ...
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 ...
Trying again ...
Here is a link that might be useful: Horehound herbal use ..,
Maybe the early settlers brought in plants for candy making?
Yes, and for medicinal purposes.
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.
It is all over in some fields around here.