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Plant i.d. problem -- can anybody help?
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Tom A    Posted 02-28-2003 at 14:50:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last fall we bought a couple of goats from some Russian Orthodox missionaries who were returning to Russia after their time here was up. Really nice folks.

Well, we wound up getting some of their garden plants, too, because they didn't want them to go to waste. They were great gardeners, and lived mostly off of what they raised, milk from the goats, eggs and chickens, and lots of veggies.

The man was unable to tell me the name (at least in English) of one plant that he gave us, but I'd really like to find out since some critter just ate it, including the roots.

It was a low-growing green plant growing something like a dandilion, sort of a rosette, maybe a little more upright, and all leaf. The leaves had a lemony-tangy flavor. The man said that some Russians and the Greeks in particular liked to cook the leaves and flavor different ethnic dishes with it.

Can anybody tell me what it might have been?

Cal S    Posted 02-28-2003 at 21:48:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
What you had was Lemon Grass.

Randy    Posted 03-01-2003 at 04:50:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, if it is lemon grass this is what it says.
This genus of 56 species of perrenial, occasionally annual, aromatic grasses occurs in the tropics and warm temperate regions of Eurasia. Clump forming perrenial with robust, often canelike stems, and lemon scented, linear leaves up to 36" long.

Randy    Posted 02-28-2003 at 15:55:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I tried looking for lemon stuff. Lemon balm, lemon mint. Picture? Sorry Tom, not much help. But I have the encyclopedia next to me if you can get me a picture.

Tom A    Posted 02-28-2003 at 16:03:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Randy, I don't have a picture. He just gave it to us and swore it would grow well. I know I don't have much to go on. My wife remembers he said it was used in some greek soups and salads.

Thanks for trying, though!

Randy    Posted 02-28-2003 at 16:21:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Haven't given up yet. I have that Yankee sticktoittiveness in me!

flatfoot    Posted 02-28-2003 at 15:24:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
canabis satavi, a great plant, tangy flavor I believe.

Randy    Posted 02-28-2003 at 15:59:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Flatfoot, Cannabis sativa is how it's spelled. I guess it does effect your memory!

Randy    Posted 02-28-2003 at 15:13:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, got my Encyclopedia of Herbs out. Any flower, what zone are you etc?

Tom A    Posted 02-28-2003 at 15:19:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Randy:

I'm in zone 6a. We didn't have it long enough to know what any flowers might look like. The leaves were perhaps 10" long and maybe 1" wide. Since he said it was popular with Greeks and some Russians, I'm guessing it must grow in Greece, too.

I think that's about all I can tell about it.

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