Plant ID forum: Mint-ish, but no odor

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Name: Sean B Murray
Riverhead, NY (Zone 7a)
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Whitebeard
Jun 7, 2016 7:30 PM CST
I'm usually good at this game, but this one has me stumped.

The basics: zone 7, part sun and shade. This is growing in the "birdfeeder garden." It was a volunteer that took off.

Specifics: It grows like mint -- aggressive/borderline invasive, with similar root structure. Leaves are opposite and in pairs, like Noah's animals. Square stem. It is very hardy, tolerating foot traffic. Sure looks and grows like a mint, but here's the catch: it has no fragrance, including when brushed or crushed (as in rolled up in one's hands). No flower or bloom as of yet. I'm baffled.

As for the images, I included my garden sneaker some of the pics for scale (size 10 - men, if you were wondering).

So far, I, and a friend and long-time gardener and member here on Long Island, and buddy who happens to be a NY Master Gardener have yet to come up with the answer.


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(this one shown growing with sweet woodruff and edging lobelia)

Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 7, 2016 7:43 PM CST
Three plants I can think of that are not mints and do not smell but do have square stems: Loosestrife, Verbena, Stinging Nettle.

That's all I've got.

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Name: Sean B Murray
Riverhead, NY (Zone 7a)
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Whitebeard
Jun 7, 2016 7:50 PM CST
And that's where I went, yet no pics of the aforementioned fit. I may have to wait until bloom time.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 7, 2016 8:20 PM CST
The look of it, and leaf venation, suggests Prunella vulgaris .. Selfheal. It's quite pretty! I have it growing here and there, some I have to dig up, it's native but I didn't have to buy the seed as it's growing in my garden naturally. I hate to dig any up but I always have some.

http://wildseed.co.uk/species/view/108

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Name: Sean B Murray
Riverhead, NY (Zone 7a)
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Whitebeard
Jun 8, 2016 11:47 AM CST
Thanks, @JRsbugs. I'm pretty certain you've nailed it. Prunella vulgaris fits the description of what I've got growing. It does require some vigilance, but seems to be manageable for now. I'm marking this as solved, and will keep an eye out for the blooms.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 8, 2016 12:30 PM CST
I agree, Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 8, 2016 2:21 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

Bees do like it, I had to search around to make sure I still had some which I know I have, but it always seems to be the healthiest, most robust plants I have to remove. If growing in an ideal situation the plants can be impressive, I'm always in two minds as to whether I should replant them and sometimes I do if I can find a gap to put them in. They started out growing amongst grass 'lawn' where they got cut back, at first I didn't appreciate them like I do now.

Name: Sean B Murray
Riverhead, NY (Zone 7a)
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Whitebeard
Jun 8, 2016 8:16 PM CST
Janet, I'm currently allowing them to grow to fill out some spots, and with your comments am willing to let some be. Thanks again.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 8, 2016 8:47 PM CST
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