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Post  NaturesApprentice 7/19/2011, 1:11 pm

Good folks of SFG,

My folks just picked up some land near Patterson, CA...up in the hills, between Mt. Oso and Mt. Hamilton. I was up there this last weekend, scouting out ways to reforest the land, when this bizarre odor found me.

It smelled almost chemical, like an astringent, but it was very obvious...not subtle at all. Here are some pics:

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Post  acara 7/19/2011, 1:57 pm

Hyssop
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Post  camprn 7/19/2011, 3:13 pm

Cleveland Sage? Shocked
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Post  No_Such_Reality 7/19/2011, 4:02 pm

You're in SoCal. Hit the Cal Photos site at Berkeley to look at plant photos.

Hyssop sounds correct.

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/flora/
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Post  camprn 7/19/2011, 4:15 pm

No_Such_Reality wrote:You're in SoCal. Hit the Cal Photos site at Berkeley to look at plant photos.

Hyssop sounds correct.

http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/flora/
Great link!!! I typed in Salvia clevelandii and it brought up numerous photos but this looks similar to your original pic NA. I think the pic from Berkley is of the plant prior to flowering, your original appears that the plant has flowered already.
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Post  pattipan 7/19/2011, 5:29 pm

Viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare)?

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Post  westie42 7/19/2011, 7:11 pm

Natures Apprentice Congratulations you have an oilseed cash crop in place, You struck oil already, nor is it a surprise who came up with the answer. Speaking of potential cash crops PattiPan did I see your name mentioned in an old outside forum article about the Autumn Olive Berry.
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Post  camprn 7/19/2011, 8:15 pm

pattipan wrote:Viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare)?

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Post  Chopper 7/23/2011, 9:18 pm

Looks like sage and if you can smell it - strong and somewhat minty/eucalyptusy then yeah. I would guess sage. And it grows wild everywhere here.
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Post  donnainzone5 7/24/2011, 3:11 pm

You referred to reforesting the land; was there a fire in that area? If so, it may be the dreaded poodle-dog bush--which, like poison oak/ivy, causes a horrendous rash.
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Post  camprn 7/26/2011, 8:04 pm

NA, what's the verdict?
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Post  NaturesApprentice 7/26/2011, 9:23 pm

I'm going with Hyssop. Matches the description, and wasn't too close to the poodle-dog thing. Thanks for the help, everyone!
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Post  Goosegirl 7/26/2011, 10:00 pm

Hyssop is in the mint family. Does it have the trademark square stem of mint?
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Post  NaturesApprentice 7/27/2011, 11:13 am

Goosegirl wrote:Hyssop is in the mint family. Does it have the trademark square stem of mint?



Goosie,

I don't remember. I didn't know that was a trademark of the mint stuff. My oregano has a round stem, isn't that in the mint family also?



Or am I doing it wrong?
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Post  Goosegirl 7/27/2011, 2:12 pm

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Goosegirl wrote:Hyssop is in the mint family. Does it have the trademark square stem of mint?



Goosie,

I don't remember. I didn't know that was a trademark of the mint stuff. My oregano has a round stem, isn't that in the mint family also?



Or am I doing it wrong?



I just did some more reading, and not all of the mint family have square stems, but it is quite common in many of them. So, not a determining factor in your ID. SORRY!

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