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« on: May 04, 2008, 03:26:35 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2008, 04:00:45 PM »

Is the stem square?  It looks like a mint, but I'm not sure of the variety.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2008, 06:24:09 PM »

yes the stem is square. it has no noticable scent or not a good one like mint do all mints smell good
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2008, 06:39:44 PM »

Actually all mints don't smell, there are many members of the Laminacea family, mints are only one of them, but they all share the square stem. 

Your plant looks like one of the field mints, but I'd have to see the whole plant to confirm.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2008, 06:58:52 PM »

Thanks I will try to get a better picture it was late in the day and I couldn't get the sun to my back to take a good picture. the bees were all over the stuff whatever it was. its neat I have never noticed these before until I started keeping my bees. i guess it just changes what you look for when you are out and about
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008, 07:36:21 PM »

Look at that ugly Flyers logo!!   tongue
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2008, 08:15:05 PM »

I finally had enough of that penguin figured we needed a team with talent on the forum. See you in the finals who would have thought an all Pennsylvania eastern championship. Good luck you'll need it evil

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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2008, 08:49:31 PM »

It'll be a good one for sure.  I hope Briere and the gang bought rocket skates so they can keep up with the Pens.
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2008, 10:27:47 PM »

Please Google ( Motherwort) Yes it is in the mint family.doak
and grows every where.
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2008, 10:36:35 PM »

Too bad the North Stars moved to Dallas... angry
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2008, 11:07:29 PM »

You have the Wild now.  They aren't too shabby.
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2008, 12:35:41 PM »

How tall is it?  What are the shape of the leaves?  Are the leaves opposite each other or alternating?

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2008, 04:25:09 PM »

It'll be a good one for sure.  I hope Briere and the gang bought rocket skates so they can keep up with the Pens.

Crosby will have to stay upright to skate fast. Expect a viscious, physical series. Familiarity breeds contempt. Say hello to the rebirth of the broad street bullies. Have tickets to the games and expect some fun!
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2008, 05:06:02 PM »

2 to 5 ft tall.
Flowers pink,purple or white.
with fuzzy upper lip,
born it spiny clusters around square stem at base of leaves.
Yes, leaves opposite one another and alter up the stalk.
as in, one set of leaves at 3&9 o clock the next at 6&12, 3&9, 6&12.
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2008, 10:48:59 PM »

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Say hello to the rebirth of the broad street bullies.

There is no way that Philly will win against the Pens, playing that style of hockey.  They already proved that during the regular season.  If they want to try it in the conference finals, then they should just save everyone the time and effort and send Pittsburgh to the Cup Finals.  I highly doubt that's the style they will be playing.  I do agree it's going to be a good one though.  Have fun at the game.
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2008, 11:14:48 PM »

It looks to me like some version of catmint/catnip also called Nepeta . Nepeta has quite a few cultivars and can bloom anywhere from May - Sept. Not all of them are attractive to cats but it might be an additional test...

Yours might be Nepeta gradiflora? Nepeta curviflora? Nepeta cataria?

Bees do love it. I find more bumbles and carpenters than honey on mine but this is the first year there will be a hive in my back yard!

Having grown up in Pgh and currently living in Phila I cannot comment freely on the other topic of this thread...

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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2008, 08:13:02 AM »

I will try to go get a better photo today and get it loaded after work

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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2008, 08:37:52 AM »

Photos look O.K to me.
The plant looks like a finger print to the Mother wort Picture they are showing in the
North American Wildlife Book..
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« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2008, 08:58:38 AM »

doak I just googled mother wort. that is it no doubt about it. thanks I appreciate it
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2008, 04:55:37 PM »

It looks like a field mint to me too.  This book will probably tell you if you can get it from your library:

"Mints: A family of Herbs and Ornamentals" by Barbara Perry Lawton

It's a fabulous book for identifying mints.  My copy appears to have been put in storage while I rehab my kitchen.
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« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2008, 09:23:03 AM »

That is a beautiful picture, the pink motherwort flowers, apparently the bees love them.  I have grown the motherwort with the orange flowers, the bees don't like them, I think the tubular flower petals are too deep, but the hummingbirds love them.  This is plant that is easily grown from seed and blooms the same year.  I was astounded at the beauty of these great huge plants that were about 8 to 9 feet tall.  Full of the beautiful orange flowers, with the leaves growing opposite on the stems.  Beautiful plants, I have already many that I seeded from the seeds of the plants that I gathered last year.  But let me tell you, when gathering the seeds from these plants, one must be very careful because they are the thorniest things that I have ever see and can puncture the fingers like there was no tomorrow.  This is a picture of one of the flowers. 

I grew the pink Motherwort from seed last year.  The plant here is a perennial, it grew a whole whack of leaves but no flowers.  This year the plant is growing like wildfire and should be putting out those beautiful pink flowers sometime, I have no clue when the flowering time it.  The orange flowered one I grew last year was only an annual as far as I could tell and is a completely different growth than the pink flowered species.  It will be interesting to compare the difference between the two plants, meaning, the perennial pink flowered one and the annual orange flowered one.  I will take pictures for surely.  I can't wait for the pink flowers, I think that they will be much smaller than the orange coloured ones, and I know that I have read that the bees love the pink species intensely.  Have the most beautiful and wonderful day, Cindi

Motherwort goes by so many different names, the ones that come to mind are:
Motherwort
Leonurus cardiaca
Lions Ear
Wild Dagga



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonotis_leonurus

http://www.missouriplants.com/Pinkopp/Leonurus_cardiaca_page.html
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« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2008, 11:28:29 AM »

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The pink ones I found and took a picture of as far as I know were not planted by anyone they are on the edge of a sugar cane field that is heavily tilled. These flowers are growing amongst a bunch of scrap iron and broken boards pushed into a pile by the farmers along a canal bank so the farmer cannot disc this area. Therefore the flowers will grow, and my bees will benefit. It is a bunch of plants easily over a hundred in a probably 75-x 15-foot area. it was a nice little discovery hopefully they will bloom all summer.
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« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2008, 12:10:44 PM »

Should bloom until September. doak
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« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2008, 12:28:20 PM »

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