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GrumpymumGrumpymum Oxfordshire Posts: 76
Found this which has sprung up amongst my geraniums.  Is it a weed? 



  • B3B3 Posts: 21,473
    It's a foxglove
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • GrumpymumGrumpymum Oxfordshire Posts: 76
    Ah thank you. I thought they would be taller. Better whip it out then in case the dog decides to nibble on it. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,386
    edited May 2019
    Does your dog often
    eat random plants?  I’ve kept dogs all my life until fairly recently and Ive always grown foxgloves and daffodils and rhubarb and potatoes and lots of other plants with poisonous foliage and the countryside is full of plants such as buttercups and ivy which would probably make a dog ill if it ate enough of them, but none of our dogs nor any of my family and friends’ many dogs have ever been made ill by eating any of them. 

    I’m really not poo-pooing your concern and care for your dog, but if you intend to remove all potentially harmful plants from your garden there’ll be very little left. Only necessary if your dog really is obsessed with eating garden plants. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • GrumpymumGrumpymum Oxfordshire Posts: 76
    Thanks. I appreciate what you are saying, but unfortunately he is a bit of a numpty who chews all sorts of things. Since this has popped up right at the front of the border, in temptation's way, it's better to be safe than sorry!
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,514
    One man's 5 quid garden centre plant is another's weed I guess. :#

    I may be wrong here but aren't geraniums also toxic?
    A great library has something in it to offend everybody.
  • GrumpymumGrumpymum Oxfordshire Posts: 76
    Perhaps I should pot it up for sale then  :) 

    I think it's pelargoniums that are more of a problem than the perennial geraniums, particularly the scented ones. As they say though, everything is a poison, it's the dose that's important.
  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    I keep telling OH that chocolate is poisonous but she's not falling for it ...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,386
    And alcohol can be a poison ... do you think that’s why OH has taken the bottle of Chenin blanc away from me and put it back in the fridge? 🥴🍷🤸‍♂️
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Looks like Foxglove "Camelot cream". Prolific self seeders. 
  • HelixHelix 704m altitude...Posts: 631
    Here’s a list.  We have nearly all of these in the garden, plus other potentially bad things and our dog has never shown any interest in any of them.  Chocolate is another matter! He’s scared the life out of us by eating a whole bar, but was fine thankfully. 
    • Aconitum
    • Amaryllis bulbs
    • Asparagus fern
    • Azalea
    • Cyclamen
    • Daffodil bulbs
    • Day lilies
    • Delphiniums
    • Foxgloves
    • Hemlock
    • Hyacinth
    • Hydrangea
    • Ivy
    • Laburnum
    • Lily of the valley
    • Lupins
    • Morning glory
    • Nightshade
    • Oleander
    • Rhododendron
    • Rhubarb leaves
    • Sweet pea
    • Tulip bulbs
    • Umbrella plant
    • Wisteria
    • Yew

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