My style of gardening and land care is sort of brutal. I tend to like more plants in the ground than in pots so they can 'forage for themselves,' as it were. I grow free range plants. ^_^
I also rarely weed, on purpose. When wild grasses grow, I let them grow and then use them for mulch. When an unknown plant pops up, I let it stay to see what it is - the birds often brings some interesting ones. A tree, a native flower, a grass, whatever. I have had native ground cherries (tomatillos) grow this way, chiltepines, Texas tobacco, a whitethorn acacia, globe mallows, hordes of wild flowers…and the mystery plants. The ones that I haven't a clue about, that no one can identify.
One of these has been what I refer to as my Pinesol Plant. It looks like this:
|My pinesol plant|
It has reseeded for three years now without watering. And it's interesting as all heck. It smells like strong pinesol to me. I mean full out, I just opened a bottle and stuck my nose in it, pinesol. It does not smell minty to me (although to some it seems to).
This is one leaf:
These are the leaves at the top:
These are the stems:
And these are the flowers:
Nobody has been able to identify this, and it has driven me nuts for years, because I keep thinking: anything with this strong a smell is usually really nasty, or really medicinal.
And now the mystery has been solved. This is in all likelihood a Hyptis suaveolens Hyptis suaveolens.