It looks like dill

magic123April 6, 2013

Hi,

Could you please help me identify this plant?

It looks like dill but doesn't smell like it. Its height is about 30cm (12in).

Thanks!

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

its been a long time.. but WAG.. nigellia.. love in a mist ??

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 9:01AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Dog Fennel?

Here is a link that might be useful: Eupatorium capillifolium

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 9:29AM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

False chamomile might also be it. This is a case where
knowing where the poster lives may be a big help in
ruling in or out a given plant.

Here is a link that might be useful: False chamomile

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 12:10PM
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magic123

Until now I think Ken's guess is the correct one. I read about Nigella and its description is almost identical to my plant's.

saltcedar, I live in Egypt.

Thanks a lot for your help.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:06PM
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Leafhead

My money's on Dog Fennel.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:23PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the dog fennel link above says: and when crushed, the leaves and stems have a very distinct odor that is slightly sour and musty.

i want my guess to be right.. a flower would sure answer such ...

but these other peeps sure are the pro's

ken

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:26PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Please change your "magic123's Member Page" to reflect
where you live. Also mention if that's where your images
are from and what time of year the picture was taken if
it's relevant to outdoor images.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:28PM
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magic123

I don't think it's Dog Fennel because my plant's leaves have a lovely scent.

Saltcedar, I took the above photo today.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 2:51PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Thanks for changing your member page.

Given that Nigella is popular in Middle eastern
quisine I'd start my search there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nigella

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 3:28PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Nigella is popular in Middle eastern quisine

it is??? ... lol.. learn something new everyday ... see link

even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while.. lol

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: go figure

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 6:56PM
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jaynine

Could it be Matricaria/German Chamomile? The foliage smells very nice, sort of like pineapples. I don't recall Nigella leaves being fragrant, though I think the seeds might be fragrant when crushed (the part that's used in Mediterranean & Middle Eastern cuisine).***I should've checked out that link first***

This post was edited by jaynine on Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 19:40

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 7:25PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Doesn't look at all like Nigella to me. It appears to have an almost woody central stem like a sub shrub. If it is Nigella (which I strongly doubt) the roots will be yellow.

What about an Artemisia? A arborescens???

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 4:00AM
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magic123

Based on your suggestions, I think it's either Matricaria/German Chamomile or Nigella. But if Nigella leaves are not fragrant as jaynine mentioned, so it could be Matricaria/German Chamomile since mine smells very nice.

Anyway, it'll be much easier to identify when it flowers.

Thanks to all of you for your great help.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 5:25AM
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ghoghunter

There is also a weed/wildflower called Pineapple Plant...since it smells like a pineapple maybe that's what it is!
Joann

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 7:15AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

This thing is a foot tall with a semi woody stem and whitish stalks by the look of it. This is not an annual weed like Pineapple Mayweed. Nor is is Nigella, also an annual and completely scentless. Nor annual Matricaria camomilla. My money is still on an Artemisia. That fits all the criteria including scent.The flowers will settle it.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 10:15AM
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magic123

We have the following bids:

Artemisia
Matricaria/German Chamomile
False chamomile/Pineapple Weed

Nigella
Dog Fennel

Based on the info I found on the web, it could be one of the first three. Therefore - as flora_uk said - the flowers will settle it.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 1:06PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I would bet my house it isn't Pineapple Mayweed or Matricaria camomilla.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 4:38PM
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eahamel(9a)

Ken, yes, nigella seeds are used in Middle Eastern cuisine. I used to have some seed that I got from Penzey's, just to see what it was like. It's mild. I think you're right, that's most likely nigella.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 6:09PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I am wondering if any of you who think this is Nigella have ever grown it? It doesn't look like this at all apart from a slight resemblance in its featheryness. Nigella is neither semi-woody nor grey stemmed.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 4:38AM
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magic123

I'll post a photo of the plant after it blooms so we can settle it.

Thanks to everyone who tried to help.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 6:49AM
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