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Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:25 pm
by zaxdog
Hi All,

My OH and I were out gathering sloes today and noticed a plant that smell strongly of aniseed! It had furry leaves that seemed to be turning from green to a lilac colour! Any ideas what it might be and if it is edible? We live on the Isle of Lismore and this was in a boggy area.

Thanks in advance

Gail x

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:46 pm
by snapdragon
Feathery leaves? could be fennel

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:14 pm
by old tree man
Definatly sounds like fennel, wich you can eat as it goes great with fish and if your lucky to get the seeds they are great for an upset stomach, nice find well done. :flower:

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:22 pm
by zaxdog
Not feathery leaves, they are furry but the smell is really strong. Will try to post a pic!

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:08 am
by sheridand
It sounds like wormwood! But that generally grows in dry areas?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_absinthium

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:12 pm
by oldjerry
My money's on fennel,pullit up it should have a bulb.Dry the seeds add them to a savoury\water biscuit recipe,delicious and very good for you(classic Basilicatan stuff).

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:10 pm
by zaxdog
Had a look online at fennel and it's definatly not tha!

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:14 pm
by Hedgehogpie
Need pics! :)

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:58 pm
by zaxdog
Going out tomorrow so will try for pics! Did identify red clover though so might get some for tea!

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:42 am
by frozenthunderbolt
I cant wait to mint out! I dont suppose you might have stumbled on some Lichorice?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquorice
I am aggog with curiosity now

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:36 am
by jannie
I have found fennel. There is lots of it at an area where I usually pick blackberrys. I am glad I came across this thread as I didnt know what to do with it. Thank you.

Re: Aniseed scented plant

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:37 pm
by Shirley
anise hyssop?