Please identify this plant

budleafbudleaf IndiaPosts: 3
Hi,

I am in India. I have this plant growing on its own outside of my house...

(This photo was taken a month ago)

It got me interested and I kept watering it to see what comes out of it. In a few days, it has grown a bit taller now (around 3½ feet) ...



This week, it started budding and they look new to me.



The leaves of the plant have a pleasant smell and I often see black ants hanging around the base of the plant. I tried identifying the plant by searching everywhere on the internet but couldn't. Can you please help me identify this plant?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 27,188
    Hello budleaf and welcome to the forum. We are based in the UK where the majority of members live so it may be rather difficult for us to identify your plant. If you can find a website in India that specialises in plants native to India you may have more luck. It looks a little like Butterbur found here but the leaves are not right.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • budleafbudleaf IndiaPosts: 3
    Thanks for taking a look at it. A few days ago, just from the Google Lens and Image search, I came very close to identifying it as Stevia Rebaudiana but once the buds and the flowering thing showed up, I now believe they don't have the characteristics of a Stevia.

    More than knowing its name, I just want to make sure it's not something poisonous that I am watering :smiley:

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 27,188
    If you like it @budleaf then carry on looking after it. Lots of the plants we love in the UK are poisonous - daffodils for example. Its pretty and the leaves smell nice so if it were mine I'd keep it.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • budleafbudleaf IndiaPosts: 3
    Thanks for the recommendation. Sure, I will!
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