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Huge & Beautiful "Weed"?

nikkiirvnikkiirv Posts: 2
Hi All,

I'm new here and a newbie gardener, getting stuck in for my first summer proper...

I've been clearing back a huge Jasmine bush that was taking over one side of our garden - and I found this rather lovely looking beast that had been growing in almost 100% deep shade within the depths of it. 

I've searched extensively but I just can't find out what it is...its quite Digitalis-y but those leaves are flummoxing me :# ...would really appreciate some help from the experts!

Thank you so much


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,574
    Acanthus spinosus.
  • Be prepared to dig to Australia if you ever want to move it.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Aka "bear's breeches", don't ask me why.  The leaves feature often in classical art and architecture.
  • nikkiirvnikkiirv Posts: 2
    Woweeee- thank you all so much!!  I wonder how on Earth it got there and moreover was growing in the near dark in there!!  I think it’s rather beautiful so will do my best to clear it some more space and help it flourish!
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364
    I have one of those.  I have never been able to dig mine up either.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 579
    The shrub to the right with the solitary red berry is a Skimmia
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