Fragrant flowers forum: Fragrant doesn't always mean good

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Name: Peggy
Temple, TX (Zone 8b)
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Peggy8b
Aug 11, 2019 3:54 PM CST
For me chrysanthemums, marigolds, hyacinths and Chaste Tree blooms would head up the list of flowers/plants whose smell nauseates me.
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Name: aka Annie
Tacoma-ish rural (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Oct 9, 2020 6:33 PM CST
I am adding what my dad called shasta daisy, they were wild, single stemmed daisy's. A friend thought they were so pretty, she brought a bunch in the house and put them in a vase. When I visited she had just returned from the store and was trying to figure out what the horrible smell in her house was. She had been looking and looking..I told her the daisies...sure enough she walked over smelled them and gagged!

I enjoy them in the field, not in the house!
Name: K
Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
kreemoweet
Oct 22, 2020 12:29 AM CST
The list seems endless ...

I put forward Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara). It can be attractive, but it is Rank with the capital R. My neighbor has vines twenty
feet high growing up amongst his evergreen border hedge, dropping their red berries into my garden plots.

And Herb Robert (AKA Stinky Bob, Geranium robertianum), which infests the shady lawn area under my apple tree.

And worst of all, there is Arugula (Eruca sativa), which to me has the vilest odor possible. It always astounds me that people actually
eat that stuff, and seem to like it.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 22, 2020 3:29 AM CST
I love arugula. Never noticed a smell to it.

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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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kittriana
Oct 26, 2020 10:20 PM CST
Arugula and black seeded simpson are both strong, but I like them. Most of what you guys named I have no problem with ( however it has been ascertained I usually don't smell BO) I cannot stand the smell of gardenia tho. I do love the paperwhites and daffodils. Sometimes I grow accustomed to the smells too quickly. Potpourri is frustrating because it fades too quickly for me. Cannot tolerate the smell of Chinese privet, that is just nasty.
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Bendek
Nov 1, 2020 7:36 AM CST
I find the fragrance of orange jasmine very unpleasant.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest
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Bonehead
Nov 1, 2020 9:00 AM CST
Lilies and paper whites are on my stinky list, both just too cloying.
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