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Plant id, found in marrow/squash bed??

vjwukvjwuk East SussexPosts: 30



While clearing up at the allotment yesterday I found this hiding under the Borage??  Any ideas what it is? It is about two foot long, prostrate and very healthy looking, I grew marrows and spaghetti squash in this bed and a few baby melons, but don't recognise the flower.

Waiting with baited breathimage


  • Possibly Physalis.  

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,361

    a photo of the whole plant would help, no hands included

  • vjwukvjwuk East SussexPosts: 30


    I'll get hubby to photo it when he goes up later, I wanted to get the scale and the inside of the flower to show, I should have taken a few more sorry

  • vjwukvjwuk East SussexPosts: 30

    imageimageI have new photo, hope this helps thanks, in the photo on the right it is to the left in front of the fennel.

    It is not attached to the courgette (that has burst back in to life as well) weird weather

    Last edited: 17 October 2017 10:28:34

  • Still thinking Physalis.  If it is, it's quite invasive as it spreads by seeds and by runners under ground.  If you like it and want it I suggest putting in a pot to contain it. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,271

    The other physalis, the decorative but inedible Physalis alkengi is a right invasive PITA. 

    Think the culinary one is fine.  

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,361

    looks a bit furry leaved for a physalis, 

  • vjwukvjwuk East SussexPosts: 30

    Thanks for the advice and ID, yes the flower is pretty identical to the ones I Google-d now I know what to Google, I think I will keep an eye on it just for interests sake, thanks everyone.image

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