What is it??

gardenway(z6 KY)May 21, 2006

I have a small wooded area that I am slowing clearing, or trying to keep within bounds, of honeysuckle and other nightmare plants. There is a plant/weed that has the scent of licorice when pulled up - I'm wondering if it is wild chervil/southern chervil. Anyone have a clue?

I did check the weed forum.

Thanks of any ID help.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fairy_toadmother

this same topic came up somewhere within the last week. sorry, i can't think of where! i just did nearly 10 minutes worth of searching these forums and can't find it. sorry.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 3:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fairy_toadmother

is this it?

Here is a link that might be useful: sweet cicely

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 3:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenway(z6 KY)

No, it isn't sweet cicely - I wish it was! The leaves on whatever I have aren't solid; I can't think how else to describe the leaves.
Thanks for your efforts.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 9:12AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fairy_toadmother

does that mean the foliage is very fine, sort of like dill?

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 5:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenway(z6 KY)

fairy toadmother - best I can describe the leaf is as lacey and fernlike.
I have done so many searches on chervil, whether the wild, the spreading, the southern, and it looks very much like chervil but not quite.
These leaves are daintier looking.
I thought it had a scent of licorice, but my sense of smell is not that great. So best to say it is aromatic.
It is growing abundantly and everywhere.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2006 at 2:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
esh_ga

Just a suggestion, dog fennel is very delicate and also aromatic. It is Eupatorium capillifolium.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 28, 2006 at 5:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenway(z6 KY)

Thanks for the link - unfortunately that isn't it either.
I'll revise my description/leaves to just lacey - and the edges aren't smooth, i.e. are "cut-out" like a maple leaf or oak leaf for instance.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2006 at 6:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
groundcover

is it anis? a lot like queen anns. all in the family.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://ci-66.ciagri.usp.br/pm/img/anis/anis_04.jpg&imgrefurl=http://ci-66.ciagri.usp.br/pm/ver_1pl.asp%3Ff_cod%3D10&h=480&w=323&sz=39&tbnid=deFlFAx4dDFrvM:&tbnh=126&tbnw=84&hl=en&start=5&prev=/images%3Fq%3Danis%26svnum%3

    Bookmark   June 8, 2006 at 11:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenway(z6 KY)

to groundcover - I don't think it is anis, although the leaves do look very similar - the leaves on what I have are finer looking. One of these days I'm going to borrow a camera so I can post a picture.
I've noticed that when the leaves are dried the fragance is wonderful. If I was going to make homemade potpourri this would definitely be one of the ingredients. Also the leaves wilt quickly when picked.
So far the tallest a plant has gotten is about 12". I'm waiting to see if it gets flowers.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2006 at 4:40PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Nut identification
A women on my postal route has a tree that I thought...
jreist
Anyone had experience w/ Aralia elata?
Hello. Has anyone dealt w/the eradication of this one?...
adidas
Problem With My Redbud Tree
Greetings! We planted a native Redbud this Spring,...
suzieQ_MI
ongoing stiltgrass battle...update
Ran out of wood chip mulch but needed to cover a deer...
adidas
Wild grape vine
The woods surrounding my house are all strung together...
leigh_va
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™