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poppyfield64poppyfield64 CornwallPosts: 332
I've had this plant in a pot for a few years and can't remember buying it or it ever having flowers. At the beginning of summer I planted it in the garden. Still no sign of buds. It's a low ground mound at the moment. Any ideas to jog this appalling memory. 

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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    That looks remarkably like Basil, does it smell if you crush a leaf?  There are quite a few similar looking plants in the same family.
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • poppyfield64poppyfield64 CornwallPosts: 332
    @herbaceous just went out with hubby and neither of us can smell basil.  It just has a leafy smell (is there is such a thing).
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    Absolutely there is a leafy smell poppyfield64 it is a fresh, moist, green garden smell  :D 
    I am really not good at all with none veg/herb plants but there are other plants in the ocimum family which are grown ornamentally.  I was just struck by the similarity with your plant.

    Maybe try googling ocimum and see if anything looks the same? Or wait and see if one the many v clever people on here can help you  :) 
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • rachelQrtJHBjbrachelQrtJHBjb South BucksPosts: 805
    Is it a dwarf phlox?
  • poppyfield64poppyfield64 CornwallPosts: 332
    @herbaceous glad there is such a smell as I'm useless at distinguishing scents   :D 
    I did google Ocimum and it does look very similar, but I can't ever remember buying a basil plant.

    @rachelQrtJHBjb I looked at a normal phox at B&Q today but I think the leaves on it are narrower and longer than this one but that's not to say other varieties haven't got the same leaf.  I tried googling but all the plants are covered in flowers and so not easy to see the leaves.
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