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ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:17 pm
by DreamKitty
Ive been wondering what this leaf is, it's been growing in my garden and I smelt it, very nice citrusy smell. Can anyone ID and tell me whether it is edible? :icon_smile:

Re: ID. What is this leaf & flower called?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:18 pm
by oldjerry
lemon balm ?

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:20 pm
by DreamKitty
I was thinking that it might be lemon balm too. Do you think it looks similar to lemon balm? from the smell it smells so much like lemon lol.

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:09 am
by Davie Crockett

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:30 am
by DreamKitty
Thank you David for the link. Im quite excited now, that it is confirmed. :icon_smile: My mum told me that a resident from our flat once grew his own herbs, chives etc and some other leaves. But it's been a few years since he has been gone. Im assuming that he must have planted lemon balm.

:icon_smile: I think it will make a great tea, by the way is there any poisonous, inedible lookalikes of lemon balm?

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:50 am
by southeast-isher
This should help you DreamKitty:

http://www.pfaf.org/user/plantsearch.aspx

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:50 am
by southeast-isher

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:13 am
by DreamKitty
Thanks again southeaster-isher. What a useful site. I favourited it. :icon_smile: I was quite shocked to read that they grow in "Waste places and derelict land near human habitations". But thats good to hear since it must mean, they are very easily accessible, sounds like a great herb. Im going to go down to my garden soon and pick them up. For a long time my mum was also curious whether it was actually mint but I think it smells very refreshing & strongly of lemon.

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:15 am
by southeast-isher
It is an excellent database, there is also a book here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plants-Future-E ... 900&sr=8-1

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:26 am
by DreamKitty
I love reading in general so I might look out for that boo :thumbright: k. I actually prefer to read books then go online but that database is very easy to understand. I also like that it gives ratings of how edible and useful it is for medicinal purposes.

Re: ID. What is this leaf called?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 10:30 am
by southeast-isher
I haven't got the book yet but i paid for the offline database.