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Could be a variant of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solenostemon_scutellarioidesTry a google images search for painted nettle, there're some images that are quite simular.
Could it be a green perilla/shiso plant? Mint family, aromatic, heart-shaped leaves.
It looks like it could be lemon balm! You can make a super yummy tea from lemon balm.
Wow. . . this could easily be lemon balm or shiso. It looks like both and I've put seed of both in that bed (long ago). at this stage of growth it's just too hard to tell. But I'm sure it's one of the two! We'll have to wait for a flower. curiouser and curiouser. . . .
Is it lemony smelling? I have lemon balm and it spreads like crazy! Smells great. If it is, you could crush it in your fingers it would smell very strongly of lemon. I have never researched what to use it for, so mostly I just kick it around when I'm working outside so I can smell it. :) It looks like that could be it from what I can tell in the pic.
I think it's lemon balm.Tea is lovely on hot days and try some of it on strawberries.Mmmmm yummie
NOTE: there's NO lemon scent. For this reason I'm starting to lean towards shiso. Again, we'll have to see a flower to know for sure.
it's definitely shiso/perilla/japanese basil/beefsteal plant, very different wider leaf than lemon balm. Very jealous that you have it going so well. I love it but can't grow it in wet Hawaii.
I agree Nat. What's crazy is that I planted this seed three years ago! It finally liked the conditions! Now I gotta figure out what I can do with it!
If it is shiso, outside of culinary uses, you can press the leaves for oil to use like linseed oil.
From my shiso seed packet:Shiso combines the flavors of parsley, cilantro and basil. Great with cucumbers and fish.Medicinal herb books indicate Shiso has antibiotic qualities.
Hey I think I have the same plant! See: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150902862211720&set=a.10150274032291720.331335.683821719&type=3&theaterI think it is a cross between lemon balm and shiso. I grow both. The leaves are very pretty. Mine is about 4 1/2' tall now.
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