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National Trust Weedheads 🤪

1634 Racine1634 Racine Posts: 568
Hi everyone.

At Scotney Castle today (National Trust in Kent).  There was a plant in the walled garden with no plant marker.  Sadly my phone was out of battery and so I couldn’t get a photo but there was something very interesting about it.  It looked and smelled a A LOT like cannabis!

Im sure it wasn’t but I am still wondering what it was.  Here’s the description, wondering if anyone can make any suggestions:

6 leaved (palmate) but not as serrated as I remember cannabis being.  About 3ft tall.  A very strong minty/weed smell when rubbed.  On the underside of the leaf the main vein has small spikes.  It was coming into flower, buds were purplish but no actual flowers yet.


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994
    I've heard tell,it wouldn't smell minty😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    When I was a youngster I worked as a gardener in a royal park.   This was in the 70’s. The main herbaceous border was backed by a very healthy crop of cannabis that we tended with love and care....
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,994
    Googled. Apparently cleome fits your description
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • My young lemon tree is dying. It’s in a pot, inside and gets fed once every 2 weeks and watered once per week. It’s next to an orange tree of the same age which is doing quite well.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,433
    Janine, your lemon tree(and orange tree) would probably be better outside during the summer. Put the pot on feet so that it drains well, use rainwater if you can, and give it a good soak and let it drain through.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,433
    B3, I agree, the purple flowers made me think of cleome. Without a photo, it is somewhat difficult.
  • 1634 Racine1634 Racine Posts: 568
    @B3 @fidgetbones

    i think you have nailed it.  Seems to be quite a common mistake based on the look and scent.

    i now won’t be returning to Scotney later for the harvest 😁
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