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Posted Sunday, June 19, 2011, at 12:28 PM

Mystery plant identified?
In case you have not noticed, I don't like all my blog titles to be self-explanatory. But the picture probably lets you know it is about plants.

At our last garden club meeting, which by the way our next one will be this coming Friday, a member brought in a plant sample that someone picked up at the Carnton Plantation in Franklin.

We hypothesized that being in a garden from the 1800's it probably had a dual purpose, such as an herb and I think we were right. (Who's surprised?)

Anyway, my best guess is that it is a variety of St. John's Wort. If you Google the name and then go to "images" there is a slew of pictures and some of them resemble the sample.

The original person getting the sample described the flower similar to dandelions in the way they set seed. I think the flower on the right hand side might explain why they thought this.

The sample by the way is holding up fine. I put it in water and they seem to be doing well so I am hoping I can root them and as a result get a better look at them growing.

You can find numerous listings about how to grow and what the beneficial uses are, and here is just one http://www.superbherbs.net/StJohnswort.h...

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This is a new plant for me although I've heard of the herb. Do you know anyone around here who grows it?

-- Posted by jbillswms on Sun, Jun 19, 2011, at 11:15 PM

Me! Or at least I hope to.

But the other answer you really want is, no. BUT I bet if I dig around enough Herbalists I WILL find someone.

Personally, I am excited to be trying. It sounds like once it is started it is tough as nails and has numerous herbal uses.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 20, 2011, at 6:59 AM

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