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Plant/Weed ID please?

Hello All,

Could you please help in identifying this. Is it a plant (what plant) or a weed?

Thank you! :smile:


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,847
    edited April 2019
    The top one looks like acanthus spinosa... the middle one is a sow-thistle, and the bottom one looks like another acanthus. 

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

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157
    Acanthus spinosus top and bottom, Sow Thistle in the middle

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Oh wow! Thank you @Dovefromabove and @nutcutlet

    In my days of zero garden knowledge (only last year so I am still only a baby gardener) and the complete ignorant state of the existence of this group, I pulled them all out of the ground last year, or so I thought.

    They've all come back (clearly) and I though I better ask all my newly found clever gardeners.

    So looks like they are keepers then.

    Thank you once again!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157
    Acanthus, keep
    Sow Thistle, don't keep :) 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Or is Thistle a weed? Should I pull it out?
  • @nutcutlet You must be a mind reading clever gardener :smiley:
    Thank you!
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,136
    Thistle has a long tap root which will regrow if only pulled and snapped.  Use a fork to get down deep and take it all out.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Ok @Obelixx Thank you for that pointer. I will try although I think it might be a bit tricky as it under all that gravel which in turn has weed fabric beneath it.

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