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imageCan you help please? My Dad bought a box of British wildflower seeds and sowed them this summer. They germinated rapidly and this is the result! They're huge, no sign of flowers yet. We have no idea what they are. Can anyone identify please?


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121

    Looks remarkably like Epilobium , or Willowherb ; no doubt someone else will know otherwise !

  • It might be Solidago canadensis (goldenrod) but was sown too late to flower this year.

    Last edited: 07 September 2017 20:39:40

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  • nlsnls Posts: 3

    Thanks for your reply. The shape of the leaf is similar but the leaves are much wider and longer, about 8cm wide and around 15-20cm long. Other ideas anyone? We appreciate your help as it has us stumped!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    check out Bird seed. might not be from your mix. Could be Nyjer seed. Guizota abyssinica

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Purple loosestrife?

  • nlsnls Posts: 3

    Interesting ideas, thanks! He does feed the birds Niger but in another part of the garden and these have come up exactly where the wildflower seeds were sown so I don't think it's that. The size is what is really puzzling. The leaves are massive and the plants are very tall...

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,568

    some sort of helianthus?

  • I've got a plant like this a neighbour gave it to me a few years ago, very late flowering not happened yet but shouldn't be too much longer. It comes out in bright yellow flowers and i think it is either a heliathemum or a doronacum, not sure how tall the latter one gets.

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