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What is this plant or weed?

purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,112
I am growing so many things I haven't before from seed, that I have got a bit lost. This came up in my seed compost and doesn't look like anything I've sown, so any ideas would be gratefully received. Thanks.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,953
    I think it's a weed known as fat hen 

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • OmoriOmori Posts: 1,673
    Yes fat hen.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,112
    Thanks, thought it might be.🙄 Its annoying to find seed compost with weeds already in it.🤨
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,876
    I doubt it was in your compost, probably a pressie from the birds. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,112
    Nope, came out of bags in the conservatory and is yet to leave. So can only have been in the growing medium,  even the pots were new @Lyn
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,133
    It does look similar to Fat hen, but not quite the same as the ones I’ve spent many hours hoeing out of sugar beet fields. 

    There are several members of the same family that are grown as vegetables, ... quinoa, amaranth, lambs quarters. 
    Have you sown
    anything of the Chenopodium family?

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

  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,112
    Not that I know of, just looking at a list of them definitely not. Only planted veg and flower seeds.
    Verbena bonariensis
    Sweet peas ( which is where two plants showed up)
    Tomatoes ( this was a third spot)
    So dont think the seed was the problem, do you @Dovefromabove
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,133
    Nope ... nothing there  :/

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

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