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March 17th, 2007, 09:52 PM
In Southern Louisiana, I bought an herb with yellow 1" daisy-type flowers, grew about 3 feet tall, liked sun, had fine foliage, and an odd but very pleasant odor. It came back for a couple years, then died out. I wish I could remember what it was called!

Does anyone know? Or know of a webpage where you can input the characteristics of an herb and get an identification?

March 17th, 2007, 11:56 PM
Hey TastyofHasty;It sounds like Gray Santolina.-
which is brighter green,paler flowers-same sweet/musky-pungent odor.

March 18th, 2007, 10:33 AM
Thanks, Zebraman! That's not it, though. (I wonder what that smells like?) The picture with the yellow flowers looked a lot like it. This herb had a wonderful hot sunny smell ... the sun brought out the smell. And it didn't have to be watered, it liked the sun, and was tough.

Lavandula Girl
March 18th, 2007, 11:15 AM
ToH - what color would you say the foliage was? What I mean is, yellow-green, blue-green, that kind of thing. And fine foliage like a cosmos, or more like a yarrow maybe? (I'm not suggesting those as possiblities, just as comparisons). I love the way you described the smell!

March 18th, 2007, 11:52 AM
LG, it's hard to remember! The flower was all yellow and simple, petals were daisy-like. I think the foliage was not greyish or yellowish but just plain grass-green. It had a "cute" name like "tansy" (only it wasn't tansy).

Lavandula Girl
March 18th, 2007, 12:00 PM
It wasn't St. John's wort, was it? I know it isn't a cute name, but it does have yellow simple flowers, and is kind of airily foliaged....

Lavandula Girl
March 18th, 2007, 12:06 PM
In case that last guess was wrong, here's a table of herbs that uses flower color as one of the descriptive values - maybe you can find the plant here.


March 18th, 2007, 12:56 PM
Coreopsis maybe? There is a Jackpot tansy, but those flowers are white with a yellow center and it is about 2 foot tall here.

March 18th, 2007, 03:17 PM
I've been checking links to yellow flowers from the link you posted, LG, and also looked at coreopsis. The coreopsis flowers look like they might be it, but the leaves aren't right. The closest I could find was adonis vernalis, here are some photos:

trouble is ... this plant is short, less than 1 foot ... plus, there is no mention of the aroma anywhere. But fine foliage a lot like this, yellow flowers a lot like this ... foliage has a really nice smell brought out by the sun's heat.

Thanks for the answers, anyway.

March 19th, 2007, 05:47 AM
Tasty, try ENature.com They have a wildflower search by region, color etc. Use the advanced search option.

Lavandula Girl
March 19th, 2007, 04:32 PM
ToH - I'm going to an MG meeting tonight - I'll see if one of the old growth herbalists recognize the description, and report back.

Lavandula Girl
March 19th, 2007, 09:02 PM
Sorry - the woman I really, really thought would know wasn't there - she was at a tree board meeting instead. I'll try to catch up with her later in the week, if you still haven't found the right name.

March 20th, 2007, 05:04 AM
LG, do you know if there is are yellow varieties of feverfew or painted daisy? Probably something really common too, like a mum. :)

strong eagle
March 20th, 2007, 08:28 AM
How about "Golden Margarite"? [Anthemis?] I raise it here in the Ozarks, but have to take fresh cuttings every other year as the old plant will die out about every 3 yrs. Strong

Lavandula Girl
March 20th, 2007, 08:34 AM
That sounds like a good option - it's sometimes called Common Chamomile. Here are some pics I found ...


March 21st, 2007, 05:58 AM
Strong, that was the plant I kept thinking it was. But could not come up with the name.

March 22nd, 2007, 02:11 PM
Does it have a nice smell? It LOOKS like it(?)

April 5th, 2007, 07:45 PM
I think Golden Marguerite (anthemis tinctoria) is the plant I was trying to remember. It smelled really nice in the sunshine! I've gone ahead and ordered seed for another anthemis, Anthemis Sancti-Johannis, St. John's Chamomile. Hope it smells as good as the Golden Marguerite did!

strong eagle
April 5th, 2007, 08:26 PM
since I last posted the idea of "Golden Margerite" I have taken "cuttings off cuttings" with all the warm weather we had. They root within a week or two, do looks like I have a lot of fillers in the flowerbeds. Strong