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Hi everyone
I'm new to the forum and my gardening habit is growing steadily! Living in Ireland, checking for signs of spring every day  :)

So, I was out today looking to see what's growing and spotted this little thing and haven't a foggy notion what it is, might just be a weed! Any one have any ideas please?

Thanks in advance!


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,553
    darmera peltata
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,591
    edited February 2019

    Welcome to the forums  lou_lou_blue75
    A few more days and it should be the flowers open up.
    Maybe  Petasites hybridus...butterbur
    Flowers come first ..followed by the leaves.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thanks, I will keep an eye on it and post more when it is bigger I guess. It might be that butterbur, which looks like a nice plant.
     Is the darmera paltata a problem plant?
    Sorry, I'm not great at identifying wild flowers
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,553
    If it is darmera , it's very commonly planted by streams and ponds . I've never heard it becoming a problem.
  • Thank you! 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,462
    edited February 2019
    If I'm right, don't let the 'little thing' mislead you!
    It looks like the flower heads of Darmera peltata, which appear before the leaves. I believe that is a bit of the root behind the flowers. The leaves grow on the top of long stalks 3 or 4ft tall and can be the size of dinner plates, so make quite a statement!
    I have it and like it. It looks good all summer, then dies back in autumn. It likes damp, even wet soil. It spreads a bit but is not too hard to get out with a sharp spade to cut through the roots.
  • Jeez, just looked it up and it does get big! I thought it was cute
    Dunno how it ended up in my garden though? :p

    Thanks everyone for the answers!
  • LouballLouball Posts: 6
    I'm back with an update!
    Update no.1: I'm a dope
    Update no.2: last year I planted mukdenia rossii karasuba  in that spot.
    I planted it after it had flowered and didn't even know it had flowers! Doh!
    So mystery solved, it has come on a bit now and once I saw the leaves I realised!
    Thanks for your help!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088
    Not a plant I know ... looks great.  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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