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.

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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
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fairy_toadmother

is this it?

Here is a link that might be useful: sweet cicely

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 3:09AM
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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
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fairy_toadmother

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

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 5:26AM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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