Can anyone help identify this mystery plant. It has appeared in the same place for the last two years.
Datura stramonium, aka Thorn Apple
Yes, and POISONOUS!, where do you live, they arent particularly hardy! I have never managed to keep one, never mind get them to that size?
They're annuals. I think they arrived here in a bag of compost. Some years ago they suddenly appeared in lots of my pots of seedlings, Never been here previously.
It appeared on a five acre plot of land which has been owned (originally as a rabbit farm) by a friend for many years. This is in Lincolnshire. It appeared last year and again this year in the same place. Apart from nettles being strimmed occasionally the ground is uncultivated. I assume that the first appearance was a bird delivered seed and the second self sown. I have never seen one before let alone locally.
Many thanks for the identification.