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Catmint 2 15.38%
Catnip 7 53.85%
Lemon Balm 4 30.77%
Other 0 0%
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#1 of 6 Old 06-08-2010, 01:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This is growing in our patio area. Do you think it's Catnip, Catmint or Lemon Balm?

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#2 of 6 Old 06-08-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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I think it is lemon balm. If you rub it between your fingers, do you get a lemony scent?
It could be catnip but I think catnip has a kind of silvery stalk.
I have lemon balm growing in my backyard and ds3 (5) loves to pick it and rub it between his fingers to smell it.

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it looks more like catnip than lemon balm to me. but then, i get these confused all the time when i have cuttings in vases. but as a pp said, you can tell if it is melissa (lemon balm) by the scent, for sure. does it smell lemony at all?

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It looks too green for lemon balm. Lemonbalm is more a yellowy-green. Definitiely smell/taste it. AFAIK, Catnip and catmint are the same thing.

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I think it looks like catnip.

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The color and sharpness of the leaf tips look more like catmint/nip imo. I have both in my garden so I plucked a tip from each for a side-by-side comparison if it helps:

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...s/IMG_0617.jpg

and backlit in the sun:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...s/IMG_0616.jpg

The catmint is on the left in each photo

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