Some of the mystery seeds appearing in packages sent to Americans from China have been identified by botanists at a federal agency, but officials still say you shouldn’t plant the seeds if you received them. The US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says it has identified 14 types of plants that are a “mix of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb and weed species” including cabbage, hibiscus, lavender, mint, morning glory, mustard, rose, rosemary, and sage, the New York Times reports. The unsolicited packages have also been mailed to addresses in Australia, Canada, and the European Union. While “obviously planting rosemary or thyme in your garden isn’t something that will endanger our environment,” one expert explains, “there may be other things in there that have not been identified yet.”
One Arkansas man who received the seeds alongside some seeds he actually did order says he went ahead and planted them, and what ended up growing is “really pretty” and resembles “a giant squash plant.” But officials are coming to dig it up, as well as collect another unsolicited (and as yet unopened) package the man received.