smells like menthol

ComellaJuly 28, 2014

What is this plant? It smells like menthol but it doesn't look like Vicks plant. It is growing in my yard in the East Bay Hills of Hayward, CA. It feels a bit sticky to the touch. I thought that perhaps it is Rosemary Gorizia. Does anyone know if Gorizia smells like menthol?

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Comella

Here is another shot of it.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 11:23PM
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TulsaRose, Tulsa OK(7a)

Maybe Isomeris arborea, common name Bladderpod?

Here is a link that might be useful: Isomeris arborea

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 7:12AM
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TulsaRose, Tulsa OK(7a)

Duplicate post

Here is a link that might be useful: Is this

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 7:26AM
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Comella

Thanks for your reply tulsarose. Sorry that I posted this twice. I thought I did something wrong because I couldn't see the first post.

I looked up Isomeris arborea and it seems to be more of a Southern California plant. Also, it says it is foul-smelling. The plant in my yard...well...it smells like a blend between menthol and pine and rosemary. I kind of like the smell. Also, I think its leaves are more delicate. I am posting another photograph with a ruler in it. Here you can also see the fuzzy white hairs it has. It is also slightly sticky to touch but otherwise soft.

It does smell strongly of menthol so I am surprised that I cannot find a plant that looks like this online that smells like menthol.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:43PM
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nonmember_gw

Ericameria sp?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 7:49PM
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Comella

I don't think it is Ericameria because it seems more lush than that. I may have to wait to see if it blooms. So far I don't see any indication that it will bloom.

I beleive it is some sort of mint or sage.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:44PM
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vall3fam(9 CentralCA)

How about Hyssop officinalis?

Elaine

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 12:27AM
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vall3fam(9 CentralCA)

Sorry, Hyssopus officinalis

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 12:30AM
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Comella

Thanks vall3fam for your suggestion. It could be this plant. I might have to wait to see if it blooms and what the blooms look like.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 1:39AM
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Comella

I finally figured out what this plant is. Stinkwort (Dittrichia graveolens). It has recently become a huge problem in California.

http://ucanr.edu/repositoryfiles/ca6702p110-102540.pdf

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 6:37PM
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