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Thapsia villosa

Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 877

Hi All,

The Sept. GW mag. has a picture of this plant (page 73). It looks great and I would love to try and grow from seed.

The usual google etc searches have drawn a blank (apart from one supplier in Portugal). Do any of you grow this, or know of a UK seed supplier?

Many thanks,

Bee.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,842

    Hi Bee. It might be difficult to get seeds of this as all parts of it are so poisonous. Any contact with the root alone can cause severe swelling and itching.

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  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 877

    Hi Ladybird,

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    I agree that it's not one to mess with .... but it does look fab.

    I'm a bit surprised that GW are suggesting we grow it if it's so difficult to source.

    Bee.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,842

    I agree Bee. Have you thought about contacting places that have poison gardens such as Blarney Castle in N. Ireland or Alnwick Garden in Northumberland. They may be able to help you.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 877

    Good idea LB .... Alnwick isn't too far away from me.  It would be a good excuse for another visit!

    Bee x

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,842

    I would love to hear how you get on Bee x

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  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 877

    Hi LB,

    Well Alnwick have been in touch  ... they don't grow thapsia villosa. Shame, I fancied a jaunt out there!

    I'm tempted to send for the seeds from the ebay seller in Portugal. .... nothing ventured image

    Bee x

    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,842

    As long as they are not charging you over the odds. Hope they have a high, good feedback too.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • pc.tpc.t Posts: 1
    Bee Witched, 
    I just come across your post as I was doing some research on the "Deadly Carrot".
    I was surprised to find out that they are poisonous. They grow wild all around my house in Portugal and I often cut them to put in a vase inside the house as I absolutely love them.  In fact yesterday I tried to dig some with roots ( not a easy task), I didnt have gloves and had no reactions whatsoever. But I will try to be more careful in the future. 
    Do you still want some seeds?


  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 877
    Hello @pc.t,

    Thank you so much for getting in touch and for your kind offer of seeds.

    I did a bit of further research and discovered that Thapsia villosa likes well-drained soil and dislikes winter wet. I live in Scotland and garden in a river valley ... the soil is heavy clay ... so, the exact opposite conditions.
    It's a shame because it is a lovely plant, but I think it would hate it here  

    Thanks again for your kind offer.

    Best wishes ... Bee x
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  • Hi @pc.t, I would really like to get some seeds from you. Is that possible? TIA 
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