Plant ID forum: Fern that smells like eucalyptus?

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inspirian
Aug 28, 2016 12:44 PM CST
Hi, I am looking to identify this plant to find a remedy to it's browning leaves. It looks like a fern but has very pleasant, sweet smell that reminds me of eucalyptus first, mint second.
Thanks for your help!
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Aug 28, 2016 2:20 PM CST

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inspirian
Aug 28, 2016 3:13 PM CST
Thank You!
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DaisyI
Aug 28, 2016 3:53 PM CST
Are you sure its a fern and not something like Tansy?
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inspirian
Aug 29, 2016 6:48 PM CST
Hi Daisyl, good question, I am actually not sure if it's a fern or not. I compared leaves to Tansy leaves, they look similar but they are not the same either.
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porkpal
Aug 29, 2016 7:55 PM CST
Ferns can often be identified by the spores on the under side of their leaves.
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DaisyI
Aug 29, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Fern leaves always come out of the ground with that little curl and they don't branch. I'm thinking its not a fern.

Because of the Eucalyptus smell, I'm sticking with some sort of Tansy. If it bloomed, that would solve the dilema. The thing with identification is that there is some variability within a genus. So other characteristics have to be the determining factor. The leaf shape is close but no cigar. Flowers! We need flowers...

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plantladylin
Sep 1, 2016 12:16 PM CST
The leaves do resemble Tansy. Although lighter in coloration, here's one for comparison:
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