Montara, CA 9-28-03
I found that many of the plants in California are like the mountain men of old --- they are tough, hairy, and stinky! I was looking up this plant in my Peterson's West Coast Wildflower Guide, when I smelled the leaves. They had a very rank odor, so it didn't take long to identify it as Vinegar Weed. It is a member of the Mint Family. The lavender flowers are very pretty.