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Old 05-06-2019, 10:37 AM   #1
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Help, What is this Herb?

Planted a mixed bag of herb seeds a couple of months ago. These plants have been sprouting along with the other herbs. I figured it should be a herb as its not growing in any other area of my garden?

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Old 05-06-2019, 10:47 AM   #2
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It looks like mint to me. If it is, it will overtake your herb garden.

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Old 05-06-2019, 10:58 AM   #3
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Not sure it's mint. Mint leaves tend to be more pointed at the tip.

Pull off a leaf and crush it. The smell should be distinctive if it's mint.
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That looks like some sort of mint - peppermint has the rounded leaves - though usually mints are not grown from seeds, and the seeds are very small - smaller than poppy seeds. Remove a leaf and crush it between your fingers - what does it smell like?
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Old 05-06-2019, 11:14 AM   #5
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Looks like we were all posting at the same time!

I just looked it up on Grower's Exchange (couldn't copy the link, for some reason), but didn't see anything exactly like that - most either pointed, or serrated edges. And the mints aren't growing in an irregular pattern like yours - two opposite each other, the next two at 90 to those, and so forth. The best test will be the smell of the leaves.
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All the mints I have ever seen, tend to grow taller than that before getting more leaves. If it's in the mint family, a cross section of the stem is square. You should be able to feel that. The mint family is huge and includes things like basil.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:40 PM   #7
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Thanks for the responses guys. A lady from work identified it as Borage. Search results on on Google seem to indicate the same. I'll know for sure once it flowers
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Thanks for getting back to us.

Given the description I read about the fuzzy texture of the leaves, it's not worth the effort.
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That makes sense. Though borage is used as a culinary herb in some areas, it is used more as a medicinal herb, usually using the roots. And you may want to research the side effects, though, if I recall, the seeds were the main culprit.
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Old 05-06-2019, 01:16 PM   #10
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So I guess theres not much use for it in cooking. A pity as there's so much of it growing.
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