First of, i'd never intentionally uproot a wild flower as I know it's illegal. However, I saw this growing in a clump, thought it looked like a mint, crushed and smelt a leaf in my least dominant hand and it smelt very fragrant. I wanted to positive ID it and didn't have a camera with me so I went to take a small amount home with me to ID but when I tried to pluck the first 15cm of the 60cm-ish plant the whole thing came out the ground unfortunately... So I took the whole lot instead.
I have tried to ID it myself but I am having difficulty
Cheers, I'll look that up and do some reading. Main reason I am looking for an ID is because I had a friend with me at the time who did the same as me, picked the leave, smelt the leave and before I could say anything had chewed on the leaf!
He then commented on 'it tasting awful' before spitting it out.
Main aim is to determine is not of a poisonous variety of mint, such as the Pennyroyal... doh!
Hopefully he'll be a little slower and work towards a 100% positive ID of something before even considering the ingestion of plant, fungi, etc!
I have looked carefully at the plant again. The flowers of the Pennyroyal appear to grow in a ring around the main stem (at nodes?). The calyx of the plant in this thread has 5 teeth, whereas the pennyroyal would have 4. Looking at a couple of diagrams of them both on botanical.com and the plants profile fits that of oregano more so.
The fact my friend said it tasted horrible cannot be attributed to the plant not being edible since he is an individual and therefore may personally not like the taste of that plant. (i.e. Some may not like basil, others may not like thyme, and these are pretty common herbs)
It has a hairy stem, and the penny royal is supposed to have a more sparesely haired stem (according to collins herb and healing plants pocket guide).... although having never seen one I am not sure how sparse 'sparsely' means...