tastes like licorice....

jaynineNovember 8, 2008

does anyone know what this ferny looking plant is? It smells and tastes like licorice. (angelica growing behind it)

Thank you!

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Carrie B(6B/7A)

Looks like hemlock, conium maculatum.

Is this a joke, or do you make it a habit of tasting mystery plants?

Here is a link that might be useful: Hemlock

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 6:55PM
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jaynine

close, but poison hemlock is said to smell 'mouse-like' and musty and taste bitter/acrid. (if it had smelled like a mouse, i'm pretty sure i wouldn't have tasted it)
it looks alot like Ligusticum porteri (Porter's licorice-root), which is not native to connecticut. maybe a relative?

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    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 8:15PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

The picture is small, but it almost looks like feverfew.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 8:21PM
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SusanC(9b/10a Sunset 17)

Maybe Chaerophyllum procumbens, wild chervil.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chaerophyllum procumbens, wild chervil

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 9:06PM
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ninamora

It's Myrris odorata--sweet cicely
Hardy biennial--large black seeds about 1/2 inch long with sharp ridges--white umbelliferous flowers heads in late spring/early summer. Reseeds easily. I love this plant.
Nina in PA6

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 9:28PM
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jaynine

it's not feverfew or wild chervil--the licorice smell is a huge clue in trying to find out what this is. this plant just showed up this year and i haven't seen it flower yet.
how about sweet cicely?

Here is a link that might be useful: sweet cicely

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 9:32PM
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jaynine

our messages and thoughts must've crossed paths. i hope this solves the mystery.
i wonder where it came from?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2008 at 9:37PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Sweet Cicely it is. It is a beautiful plant, great for part-shade places. I would suspect a stray seed or seedling hitched a ride...perhaps in another plant's pot since it sounds like a garden area.

Just a word of warning, please don't taste plants you don't know 100%. There are some very toxic plants out there. Please be safe and smart!

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   November 9, 2008 at 10:06AM
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