Mysterious Basil anyone?
Ok- I planted a whole packet of unopened basil seeds in the spring. They all sprouted- looked great- smelled basily😉- but they looked weird. And no square stem- i thought hmmm? Dismissed it cause I mean the packet said basil- it was sealed- so ofcourse it was basil- right?! Keep following me here...
A couple weeks later my husband and I were strolling through the park (yes people actually do that😍) and i saw a whole bunch of this basil growing- wild and free- i was so excited- my weird basil grows wild! Then a week later- at another trail with my kids i see a bunch of this basil growing- i couldn't believe it- everywhere. I never realized basil grew wild like this. I began to grow suspicious a teeny bit- but ignored my suspicions and continued to harvest. Keep following me....
Finally, my curiosity got me and I snapped this picture and ran it through the Inaturalist app- just to see what kind of basil this is that's everywhere. BAM! It's Croton Monanthogynus- or better known as "prairie tea"- nothing close to basil😕. (Yes- I researched it in a few different places to verify identity) I was a bit miffed.
I'm still a bit disappointed because there's very little written on this plants uses. Something random like "the settlers made tea out of it, it replaces basil in cooking, it's a SPURGE😳"- but i can't find any medicinal info or what it's qualities are much. So- anyways, I've been using it as basil and I'm alive so that's good news- cause spurges are generally not good- if you know what i mean😬.
Has anyone else ever had something crazy like this happen? Please tell me the story😋- please- so I'm not alone in doofus land.
Maybe the moral of the story is get your seeds from reputable sources guys. I don't know. I ripped it up and planted radishes- we'll see if i end up growing castor plants this time😂😵.
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