anyone know this plant?

happyagainJuly 14, 2014

I really wanted to know this name. anyone know it? thanks.

square stem. smelly leaves(not really like the smell), small purple flower.

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happyagain

the stem

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 7:44AM
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happyagain

the flower stem

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 7:49AM
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lazy_gardens

It's gotta be a mint family ...

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 8:22AM
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happyagain

thanks for the reply @lazygardens that's my thought too.. but don't know which species. it has a smell when brush the leaves. don't know how to describe the smell. but not really like the smell.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 8:31AM
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donna_in_sask

Could it be Nepeta? I really don't like the smell of catmint leaves. Yours looks more like Nepeta cataria (catnip).

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:27AM
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happyagain

searched nepeta cataria, looks like it but none of the cat want to play with it. i also have catnip plant which smell nice (lemony scent if i'm not mistaken). thanks for the answer.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 10:34AM
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flying_c(6a)

The catnip-like plant with the lemony smell could well be lemon balm, which is a nice herb but a seriously aggressive spreader.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:40AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

The OP is in Indonesia so it could be something totally unfamiliar to most of us. It is definitely not lemon balm and the flower arrangement doesn't look much like Nepeta.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 1:01PM
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flying_c(6a)

Thanks floral for pointing out the OP's location. I'll try to remember to check people's profiles if they don't have a location next to their name.

Just to clarify, I wasn't suggesting that the plant in the picture is lemon balm. The OP said he/she has a second plant that looks like the pic but smells like lemon. I suspect it's actually a different plant, so ventured a guess of something tolerably similar.

But I know nothing of Indonesian plants, so no more guesses from me.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:28PM
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drmbear

It also could be a hyssop. I'm growing an Anise Hyssop that looks very much like that, great sweet licorice flavor for tea.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:33PM
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unbiddenn(5)

Agastache?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 5:37PM
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happyagain

i have catnip, lemon balm, licorice mint(hyssop but already died) they all smell different from this one. for me, they have strong smell when brush with finger but this one has a mind smell. maybe the whole plant will help identify it?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:13PM
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happyagain

found one with small purple flower

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 11:16PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

OK - how about Solenostemon monostachys aka Plectranthus monostachys?

Here is a link that might be useful: Solenostemon monostachys

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 1:47PM
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fizgig777(7)

I second Plectranthus Monostachyus... It's in the mint & deadnettle family which accounts for the plant's aroma --- which some people definitely do not like. The plant has great medicinal value, though.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 6:49PM
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happyagain

Thanks for answering. I don't think it's a plectranthus monostachyus. Diffrent flower arrangement. But i searched "dead nettle" and some of the image has the same characteristic with this one. Just mine have a longer flower stalk. Could it be dead nettle?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 8:56PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Many, many plants are called 'dead nettle'. It's certainly not red or white dead nettle. Which one did you think it might be?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 12:05PM
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happyagain

Could it be lamium garganicum?

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 8:47PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

No, it's not L garganicum. Apart from looking very different I doubt a native of the mountains of S Europe would be growing in a pot in Indonesia.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 5:01AM
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happyagain

Oh, really strange plant. People here called it "buak chau" used by chinese people here to ward off misfortune but they don't know the scientific name or other name. Difficult to find information using that name. Thanks for the answer anyway :-)
Maybe it always be an unknown plant haha

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 9:20PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

It couldn't hurt to ask on GW's Asian Vegetables forum

There's also an Asian Gardening forum, but it's very slow.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 9:37PM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

Is that in hokkien or Cantonese? I can look up the characters...
It looks like a perilla cultivar or another perilla, not p. frutescens.

-Ming

This post was edited by mingtea on Thu, Jul 17, 14 at 23:30

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 11:11PM
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happyagain

@missingtheobvious oh, i'll try to ask it there... Thanks for the information

@mingtea it's in hokkian. Perilla is a kind of vegetables doesn't it? I'll try to search perilla then. Thanks for the information

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 3:54AM
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shadeyplace(7)

I think it is perilla also usually red leaves but sometimes green

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 8:02AM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

Well I guess all the culinary perillas are lumped together in P. frutescens so that gets my vote. The Cantonese word for perilla is "bak sou" (ç½èÂÂ) so I think that matches what you've quoted (doesn't make sense in hokkien, it would be something like "peh sou"). If you copy and Google the Chinese characters you might see a similar plant. BTW, I'm from Malaysia ;)

-Ming

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:16AM
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happyagain

@mingtea : GOT IT!! thanks... anisomeles indica or indian catmint (never knew it's the same one with catnip(?)) or éÂÂÃ¥ÂÂè (jin jian cao) in chinese... for years looking for this plant's name. now revealed haha.. thanks again :-) and nice to meet you too. i'm from indonesia.

@all: thanks for all your answers. it helps alot :-)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 11:12AM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

Wow, that goes to show the fallacy of common names, even in other languages :) the canto or hokk translation of that is nowhere near what the locals are calling it, unless they have the plants mixed up? In mandarin/canto/hokkien the last character, "cao/co/chau" is a general term used to describe grasses, weeds. Glad you found it!

-Ming

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 3:05PM
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