Do you ever see something coming up in your gardens in the spring and think, “What in the world IS that? Did I plant that?” I’m embarrassed to admit how often this happens to me. (I guess that’s probably a statement about the amount of impulse-buy plants included in my gardens.)
I’ve got a perennial herb in my garden that I don’t have a clue what it is. I know it’s a perennial, because it came up as a big clump this spring, and I know it’s an herb, because it’s in the “herb” row of my vegetable garden. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as I can get. (I know, I’m really losing it.) I know it’s not mint (which it kind of looks like) because I’m afraid of mint’s aggressive tendencies, so I never buy it.
I had some family members over the other night and had them check it out—none of them had a clue, either. But my brother-in-law suggested that I post a picture of it on my blog, and certainly one of my wonderful readers would know what it is. I said I thought that was a fantastic idea. (Thanks, Roger!)
So here is a picture of the mystery herb.
And here is a picture of a sprig of the mystery herb (on the right) next to a sprig of oregano, so you can see the difference in size.
It smells maybe a just a tad licorice-y and maybe just a tad minty. If you have any idea what this herb might be, please share! I’ve been making everyone in my family smell it and taste it and I think they’re getting sick of me.