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Old 04-14-2006, 10:55 AM   #1
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Help ID an herb

Ok, I've posted a couple times that I had planted some Lavender and some Tarragon last year. I got some kind of plant, but since I had planted both herbs close together, and didn't mark them, I wasn't sure which one had sprouted. I couldn't get a discernable scent when I bruised some leaves, and it didn't bloom.

Ok, now that I have a decent digital camera, I've taken a picture of the shoots that are springing up this year.

It kind of looks like Tarragon. I haven't tried bruising a leaf yet. However, I know that Lavender looks similar to Tarragon. Can any of you more garden-knowledgable folks help? If it blooms, I should know for sure then.


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Old 04-14-2006, 11:05 AM   #2
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Here is a pic of tarragon. Your plant doesn't look like this.


...and here is some lavender:


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Old 04-14-2006, 12:38 PM   #3
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Im thinking it's not any kind of herb it looks more like some kind of flower
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Old 04-14-2006, 12:45 PM   #4
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it looks like french tarragon to me.
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Old 04-14-2006, 01:46 PM   #5
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It looks like tarragon to me. Lavender had more "needle' like leaves, whereas tarragon has the long narrow leaf as shown in your photo.
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Old 04-14-2006, 02:00 PM   #6
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I definitely looks like Tarragon to me, but the only way you'll be able to ID definitely will be to crush a fresh leaf.

If it doesn't have that distinctive anise-like scent, there's also the possibility that you planted Russian Tarragon, which has little to no scent or taste, & is virtually worthless. Some of the big box stores around here (Lowe's, Home Depot) sometimes sell Russian Tarragon just marked "Tarragon", which is why you should never buy such a plant without doing the "leaf test" first.
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Old 04-14-2006, 04:31 PM   #7
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Allen, it looks like tarragon (or at least an off-shoot of tarragon) to me too. Did you try one of the leaves yet? You'll know for sure once you've done that.

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