I need help, please identify this plant

I need help.  When I say this my husband would readily agree that indeed this is true.  Usually before he even inquires what I need help with. His sarcastic answer usually originates in reference to my mental stability.  At least I believe he is being sarcastic.

Anyway, a long long time ago, sometime around April, I planted herb seeds in my herb patch.  June came a long and nothing, nada, not even a sign of life from the seeds that I planted.  With the exception of my lovely, well behaved, eager to please basil.  I love basil.

So after I decided to venture out and purchase herbs, what do you know, something decided to show its little head.  Decided to make an appearance. Apparently it didn't want to be left out.

My problem is, I have no idea what it is.  The plant does not resemble any weed that frequents my garden or that I have seen in these parts. In hopes it would produce a recognizable scent or taste, I let it grow.  Yes I have tasted it, both the leaves and the seeds.  Far as I can tell it isn't poisonous.  I'm still here.  I have reviewed my seed envelopes and scoured the Internet.  Nothing.

The plant has given me absolutely nothing to work with as well. Barely any taste and it is odor free.

So I am asking you my garden friends, what in the world is growing in my herb patch.

Here is the plant in it mysterious glory.  It stands about 2 feet tall. 


The stalks, stems, branches, what ever they may be, are covered with smaller leaf type flower things.  Don't you love my descriptors. 

At least I didn't say thingies.



Here is a wider shot



Please help me identify this mysterious plant. 

Thank you kindly.

Frugal Gardener out.
9 Responses
  1. I don't know, but I love its growth form!


  2. I agree @Kylee, it is interesting.


  3. meemsnyc Says:

    Hmmm, this is interesting. I have no idea what it can be though!


  4. I almost wonder if it is lemon basil. Not much taste at all but there is a very very slight after taste that could be described as lemony. I read somewhere that lemon basil is described as hairy which would explain the texture. If anyone can confirm this I would be grateful.


  5. Ok in an attempt to confirm my theory that this is lemon basil, I tried another leaf. It really does not have a flavor and the texture is similar to eating paper. I hope this isn't a useless plant!


  6. Laura Says:

    I don't know, but I love it! It looks so lush & healthy! Good luck with the ID!


  7. A coworker has indicated that she believes it is a weed. @Laura, maybe that is why it looks so lush and healthy, lol. Sometimes the weeds do better than the plants I want to grow!


  8. Dirt Lover Says:

    Well, if it's lush and healthy, and you haven't babied it, it's probably a weed. Pull it out by the roots, and if it comes back, it was definitely a weed. If it doesn't come back, it wasn't a weed. Or, you could cut off part of it and take it to your local extension office. Or, you could just pull it up. Do you feel like you have so much power in your hands???
    ~~Lori


  9. LOL Lori. I do feel the power. I am leaning towards just pulling out as I am having difficulty finding use in it. Plus it is starting to take over my chives. If it gets anywhere close to my basil it is out.


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