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txrose blog photos
Joined: 3/04/2007
Location: Van, Tx
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Posted: May/05/2008 5:55 PM PST

I planted it last year and it came back and I can't recall what it was?? Any ideas? I thought it was sweet basil??

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Location: So. Calif nr beach-border
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Posted: May/05/2008 6:25 PM PST

It looks like Origanum vulgare, Oregano to me.
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Posted: May/06/2008 5:47 AM PST

It looks like oregano to me, too. It's tough! Basil can't take any kind of frost and cold weather. That doesn't come back. First frost and it's gone.
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Joined: 3/17/2008
Location: beautiful southern appalachians
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Posted: May/06/2008 6:12 AM PST

I finally started some oregano this year. I had such a dilemma about where to put it. Then I realized, it doesn't matter if it's in a high traffic, blistering hot, thin soil area. So that's where it went!
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Joined: 3/04/2007
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Posted: May/06/2008 8:14 AM PST

what about marjoram herb I think it was sweet something...and it is planted in the partial shade
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Posted: May/06/2008 10:39 AM PST

I thought it might be Marjoram as well, txrose. Did some research & find these two are very close. Origanum majorana is Sweet Marjoram. Here's an article which makes some sense out of the differences between them (just a sidenote, spelling of Coleus amboinicus, if anyone cares):

http://www.sallys-place.com/food/columns/gilbert/o regano.htm

You can wait till it flowers & see which one it is!
txrose blog photos
Joined: 3/04/2007
Location: Van, Tx
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Posted: May/06/2008 10:59 AM PST

UPDATE 6-15-08

it bloomed because I totally neglected this bed...this is what it looks like now so ...I still don't know what it is??
Looked up the names ya'll suggested but still can not determine

These pics aren't so great because rain made the plant muddy and it is just now blooming..I had gone out to actually dig it up and put it in the front yard but I can't do it now its blooming and sprawling everywhere.

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Joined: 3/04/2007
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Posted: Jun/15/2008 9:37 PM PST

If ya'll have any clue as to what it is now please help
witt blog photos
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Posted: Jun/16/2008 2:31 AM PST

Marjoram and oregano look very similar. My marjoram, sweet marjoram, is very aromatic. All you need do is brush the leaves to get the aroma. With my oregano, you have to really crush the leaf.
The flowers on my oregano are pink where the flowers on the sweet marjoram are white.
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Posted: Jun/16/2008 5:52 AM PST

I couldn't remember but it said something "sweet" I think it is sweet marjoram
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