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please put a name to this plant!! growing in mothers garden


 
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 8:46 am    Post subject: please put a name to this plant!! growing in mothers garden Reply with quote

good morning all

can anyone put a name to this plant, my mother found it growing in her garden ???

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll226/sawmillpaddy/unknownflower2.jpg

http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll226/sawmillpaddy/100_0404.jpg
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like hyssop, a semi woody herb sawmillpaddy.
The leaves should contain an aromatic oil.
Give them a squeeze, have a sniff, then report back. Wink

Here's a pic to compare......

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 5:49 pm    Post subject: Linum perenne lewisii Reply with quote

Hi SawMillPaddy,

Me thinks your Mother's unnamed plant is Linum perenne lewisii.

Linum perenne lewisii, cousin to the commercially important Linum usitatissimum, is the name of our native blue flax, which is much loved by bees and butterflies, wild and home herb/flower gardeners, and nature trekkers alike! This slender, graceful plant with its lovely pale blue flowers definitely captivated Captain Meriwether Lewis; it is his name, which helps us distinguish our native blue flax from its cousin.
Especially when grown in herb and flower gardens, Linum perenne lewisii as an eye-catching and head-turning ornamental landscape bloomer. L. perenne lewisii will look great and perform wonderfully as a perennial for four years; but due to its copious self-seeding abilities you will never need to buy more seed nor plants once established. L. usitatissimum is an annual and is the known as 'farm-crop' flax.
A common characteristic of both are found in the constituents and uses—providing food and medicine for humans and animals, oil from the seed has multiple applications, and fibers from the stems can be spun into linen thread. The genus name 'Linum' was derived from the word linen.
'Irish' Linen had been made from a mix of Flax and Hemp fibers for over 1500 years. This superior quality linen, known to last for centuries was in great demand. Round about the turn of the 20th century the Irish Linen Industry was a thriving industry bringing monies into the 'overtaxed' (poor) areas of Ireland. When Hemp became an illegal plant to grow, it forced the Irish Linen industry to begin using a combination of Flax and Cotton (imported from English Plantations) in their 'linen' production process. The result? A much inferior quality of product and the death of the Irish Linen Industry!
Though the lovely blue flowers last for only a day, they are rapidly replaced with new blossoms that the plant appears to be in continual bloom all through the summer.
Flowering Period: From June to August.
Origin: Ireland, Europe
Habitat: Cultivated in Ireland, the U.S., Canada and Europe. Also found growing wild along roadsides and on waste ground.
Gaelic Name: LÍON, Flax-seed - ROS, ROISNE

Want to get up-close-and-personal with L. perenne lewisii?; If so, click the following link: www.treknature.com/gallery/North_America/Canada/photo151630.htm.
"What department is there to be found of active life in which flax is not employed? In what production of the earth are there greater marvels than this?" Pliny 100 A.D.

Take care and keep growing,
Irish Rose

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