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Wednesday - March 11, 2009

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant Identification
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Hello. I don't know if this is a North American native plant, but here's my question: I have a soft, low groundcover that looks like a miniature version of Foxtail Fern. Lowe's folks suggested it might be a cooking herb (fennel perhaps?). It is aromatic, but not in a way I recognize, when you crush it. Do you have any idea what this might be? I can't submit a photo, I'm sorry.


Mr. Smarty Plants would be happy to try to identify your plant, but it is almost impossible to do from a description alone.  Please visit the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants' Plant Identification page to read the instructions for submitting photographs for identification.



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