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post #1 of 17 Old 03-10-2017, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Question Weird plant in paddock

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Bringing Lizzy home to her new barn and noticed a ton of this weird cat pee smelling plant. I've searched the internet high and low and can't find what it is. It smells like cat pee! I'm in central Florida and hoping it's horse friendly ?
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post #2 of 17 Old 03-10-2017, 12:27 PM
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Your description of the smell was a giveaway for me. It could very well be wild Lantana. It's a weed in Fla, but up here its considered an ornamental. It is toxic to horses, but most won't eat it. Flowers in many colors. I hate the smell of it!!

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post #3 of 17 Old 03-10-2017, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I just did some research on that and I'm not sure the flowers or leaves are the same, but the smell yes!!!
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Your description of the smell was a giveaway for me. It could very well be wild Lantana. It's a weed in Fla, but up here its considered an ornamental. It is toxic to horses, but most won't eat it. Flowers in many colors. I hate the smell of it!!

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post #4 of 17 Old 03-13-2017, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hey update from Florida Wild Flower Foundation incase it helps anyone else in FL

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If you want a positive ID, I suggest the following:

1. take a close close close up of the flower and leaf.
2. Take to the GardenWeb (huge gardening website) identification section. You will have to sign up but it is free and instant.
3. post the close up picture and the picture of the whole plant (this is called the "habit" of the plant), ALONG WITH the state you live in (if a large state, the area of the state), and whether the pasture it is growing in is normally wet, dry, sunny, or shady.

You will normally get an expert answer within a couple days.
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post #6 of 17 Old 03-13-2017, 09:25 PM
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I don't know what the plant is, but it is not Lantana camara.
A horse would have to be starving to death to eat Lantana.

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It is not lantana. Is the stem square or round? Leaves opposite from each other (directly across) or set in an alternate pattern (one on one side and a little down a leaf on the other side)? Square could put it in the mint family. Many of those plants have strong scents. Not all are pleasant. One we used to sell called dittany of crete smelled like cat pee. It isn't that but there are others in the family with the same smell. Just from those pictures it looks like a Eupatorium - common name mist flower. I think they have been reclassified (Conocliniium?) but typically they aren't that smelly. They also bloom late summer/fall. There are more flower heads together as well. Get a close up of the flower and one of the stem showing the pattern the leaves have. Are the leaves thick and hairy? Just from what you show it could also be another type of aster but without close ups hard to tell and often plants can be confused.
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Where do you live? That would narrow it down a lot.

Without a close up I would guess a labiate (mint family) too. A lot of strong smelling leaves in that family.
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Central Florida. We are coastal Alabama with similar soils so we often have many of the same plants. I hate getting old. I recognize the plant and I know it is somewhere in the brain but pulling it out ....I am finding that getting harder. The mist flower also is not so hairy and the stems are purplish.
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Thanks I'll give it a whirl!
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If you want a positive ID, I suggest the following:

1. take a close close close up of the flower and leaf.
2. Take to the GardenWeb (huge gardening website) identification section. You will have to sign up but it is free and instant.
3. post the close up picture and the picture of the whole plant (this is called the "habit" of the plant), ALONG WITH the state you live in (if a large state, the area of the state), and whether the pasture it is growing in is normally wet, dry, sunny, or shady.

You will normally get an expert answer within a couple days.
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