Can anyone tell me what this plant is?

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A woman gave me these seeds and said they were a lemon tree. I thought the seed didn't look anything like a lemon seed.
q can anyone tell me what this plant is, container gardening, gardening
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  • Kim Smith Kim Smith on Feb 28, 2015
    It looks like it might me a variety of thyme? Maybe it was Lemon Thyme? Pinch off and crush a leaf and give it a sniff? Thyme with lemon undertones?

  • OnBlissStreet OnBlissStreet on Feb 28, 2015
    I was going to say it looks a lot like the Thyme I have in my window.

  • Karen Jackson Karen Jackson on Feb 28, 2015
    It smells like grass

  • Rhonda B Rhonda B on Feb 28, 2015
    It looks to me like Stellaria media aka Common Chickweed a weed. Here is a link: http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ipm/manual/blue/chickweed.html

  • Karen Jackson Karen Jackson on Feb 28, 2015
    Thanks Rhonda, I really need more weeds :) At least it is a cute weed.

  • Nancy Nesbitt Nancy Nesbitt on Feb 28, 2015
    I agree with Rhonda. Sorry, but it is probably a weed. If you did plant "real" lemon tree seeds, they either didn't germinate yet or have rotted and won't. How long have the seeds been planted? You may want to Google "lemon tree seed" and check to see if you received true seeds and/or what type of conditions they need to germinate.

  • David Ogden David Ogden on Feb 28, 2015
    It is definitely a weed grows all over my yard

  • Omy1155015 Omy1155015 on Feb 28, 2015
    It looks like lemon basil that i once grew! If it is, plant it near your tomato plants!

  • Strikingimp Strikingimp on Mar 01, 2015
    My first impression was Chickweed lol But it is supposed to be good in salads.

  • Carole Carole on Mar 01, 2015
    Are you sure you heard correctly? Could have said lemon Thyme. Does is have any lemon scent if you crush the leaves in your hands or smell or taste like thyme? This is a herb you use in cooking. Google Thyme. One of the images that comes up is stepping stone thyme and this looks similar to what you have there.

  • 365Designs 365Designs on Mar 01, 2015
    Looks like the lemon seeds didn't germinate but instead weed seeds that just happen to be in the soil did you use soil from your yard or a bag soil mix?

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    • Judy Judy on Mar 01, 2015
      @365Designs I think Karen just heard wrong....it's lemon thyme, an herb, not a weed.

  • Judy Mitchell Judy Mitchell on Mar 01, 2015
    If this is lemon basil or thyme? Pull it up at once. Very invasive. Still trying to get it out of my garden after more than thirty years.

  • Charlene Lovelace Charlene Lovelace on Mar 01, 2015
    Pulled up 2 buckets full yesterday.

  • Christine Wiseman Christine Wiseman on Mar 01, 2015
    If what you planted is actually a lemon seed it has not sprouted yet. What you do have is a fast growing weed, (looks like Scarlet pimpernel, which has a cute flower) that has popped up first. A lemon seed will take a very long time to germinate. You can speed up the germination process by removing the seed coat of the lemon seed.

  • Katie Katie on Mar 01, 2015
    It looks like chickweed to me. When young, it's very nice in salads.

  • Mimi Mimi on Mar 01, 2015
    Lemon thyme, perhaps?

  • Dottie Unruh Dottie Unruh on Mar 01, 2015
    My vote is for Lemon Thyme.

  • Pat1259011 Pat1259011 on Mar 01, 2015
    Rub it between your fingers and smell it. If it smells like lemon it's most likely a herb. I have lemon thyme and it looks a bit like this

  • Pfs1330404 Pfs1330404 on Mar 01, 2015
    hi just google image of a lemon tree!

  • Karen Jackson Karen Jackson on Mar 01, 2015
    They were very tiny seeds and I planted them in Miracle Grow potting soil. I knew they looked nothing like a lemon seed but she said lemon tree. I have crushed a leaf and it smells like grass, I also tasted it and it tasted like grass. Think she was pulling a fast one on me. Live and Learn. Thanks for all the answers.

  • Lisa Lisa on Mar 01, 2015
    Looks like lemon thyme. I plant this as well as German thyme to use in cooking. Should have a bit of a lemony scent when you crush the leaves.

  • Cherie Cherie on Mar 01, 2015
    You actually can plant lemon seeds to get a tree. This is not a lemon tree, it's a weed. Just take the seeds from a lemon and plant in potting soil (not Miracle Grow) and cover planter with plastic wrap. After you see a little bit of green poking up, remove the plastic and grow as you would any other plant. I see you live in Kentucky, so to grow it to full size you will need a large planter that you can move to outdoors and back in. The way I used to grow any kind of citrus seed was with a terrarium - I'd just replant them in pots if I wanted to grow them to any size.

  • Linda Wallace Linda Wallace on Mar 01, 2015
    Looks like creeping Jenny!! Also looks just like winter weed we have in NC>

  • Kathy Munson Kathy Munson on Mar 01, 2015
    Looks like a creeping thyme.

  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Mar 02, 2015
    I worked in garden center for about 5 years, this looks like a weed, very aggressive and hard to get rid of if it gets a start in your beds. We fought this weed the whole time I worked there.

  • JoAnna Cooper JoAnna Cooper on Mar 02, 2015
    weed here! A lemon tree has thorns, very big and sharp.

  • Karen Jackson Karen Jackson on Mar 03, 2015
    I grew a lemon tree and an orange tree from seeds I got out of the lemon and orange. I knew these were nothing like that. They were almost like poppy seeds.

  • Dee Dee on Mar 04, 2015
    Definitely a weed. I have it all over my front yard...very hard to get rid of.

  • Nelly Nelly on Mar 06, 2015
    I think its a weed, prob chick weed, if it dosent have a lemon sherbet type of smell its def not lemon thyme

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on May 03, 2015
    Looks like chick weed to me too!

  • Dwi5997718 Dwi5997718 on Nov 02, 2016
    If it has a bristly feel to leaves, this is a weed. Form of chickweed I think. Find the roots and pull it up then take them far away or in garbage leaving your house. Don't discard in weed pile or woods.