I live in an area of nursery growers. They haul huge loads of bushes and
trees and occasionally something will fall off the truck for some passerby
to claim. Today I was the lucky one and came across a shrub of some sort
that has square stems. Anyone know of any shrubs with square stems that grow
in a climate like that of the Portland, OR area? If given a few names I can
do the research to id this thing... or perhaps there is a key online someone
Thanks in advance.
Square stems are a characteristic of the mint family, Lamiaceae. This is a
huge family and includes things like lavender, salvias (sages), rosemary,
oregano, coleus, etc. Shrubby members are most likely to be salvia or
rosemary or Teucrium (germander).
pam - gardengal
Usually plants in the mint family have square stems, though they are usually
herbaceous perennials. boxwood is another plant with square stems, but its
pretty easily recognized. Burning bush has corky protrusions on the stems that
could make it look sort of square... can you post a picture?
You're dead on, Toad!! Just never think of the stems of BB as square, but
with the wings, I guess they are.
Karen, you still can look forward to some good fall color on the little guy.
Ones planted in the landscape around here have already turned red and
"burned" and dropped most of their foliage but most nursery plants are still
pretty green. Give it some bright sun.
pam - gardengal
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