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No idea what this is, it's grown to 5ft tall, we have two others coming up to the same height. No flowers just these. 
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,592
    something from bird seed perhaps?
    Devon.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368
    could be an Amaranthus
  • Paul NPaul N Bearsted, KentPosts: 303
    Definitely not Amaranthus. We have that and it's not that. But it is a puzzle.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,592
    Do you have bird seed feeders anywhere nearby @Katie182?
    Devon.
  • Hostafan1 said:
    Do you have bird seed feeders anywhere nearby @Katie182?
    No we don't. It's on our allotment. There's two in our herb/flower bed and one in the adjacent flower bed on the other side of the path. We thought it might have been from one of those mixed bulb packets. The base of it is as thick as my arm! We did plant some cosmos and dahlias but the cosmos never came up... 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,345
    It's not cosmos or dahlia ... and not a bulb either ... 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,974
    The squirrels & Magpies are always burying things on our allotment site. Have a look around & see if anyone else is growing something exotic. It still could have come from bird seed, from a garden some way off.
    AB Still learning

  • It's just the fact that there are 3 of them, equal distance apart, which makes it more intriguing. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,345
    edited September 2018
    A very knowledgeable friend has agreed it's an  Amaranthus  ... possibly 

    A. powellii (the flower buds will elongate with age) or A. retroflexus     ..... they've worked at Kew so know their stuff  :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • After a quick Google, your friend is probably right. Will be interesting to see how it grows, apparently they can grow 9ft tall! Thanks for the help. 
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