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Nice leaves, but is this a weed?

tuffnelljohntuffnelljohn DartmoorPosts: 198
Hi all,

Ive got a couple of these growing:



Theyre quite big (~50cm diameter). Sort of looks 'weedy' but I quite like the foliage. Is it a weed that I should remove?
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,117
    I don’t know, but I can tell you that those twirly things on the right are the seedheads of willowherb, which is a superspreader weed. 😁
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    Not sure what it is but there’s flowers forming on that stem at the left so a closer look at the buds as they develop should give us more idea.

    Given that you obviously have a sort of ‘natural wilderness’ style of garden in that area (lots of seeding Willowherb) if it was mine I’d be happy to wait and see what develops. 

    There are similarities in the leaf to Hesperis matronalis (Sweet rocket) but not enough for an ID. 
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  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 753
    I think it’s evening primrose? Yellow flowers, tall.
  • AsarumAsarum East AngliaPosts: 567
    I agree with Ilikeplants, it's an evening primrose.
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  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 BirminghamPosts: 736
    Yes looks like Evening Primrose to me. Biennial so will flower next year. Good for attracting moths, new flowers opening each evening. They flower August through to September here and will self seed around, easy to pull up if not where you want them. If you leave them to set seed they will provide lots of entertainment over winter as Tits and Goldfinches love the seeds.
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  • GrannybeeGrannybee Sunny South EnglandPosts: 286
    Could it be a teasel? Great for goldfinches!
  • a1154a1154 Sunny South Scotland Posts: 948
    evening primrose. Suggest you leave it and see if you like it. I didn’t, and started to pull them out. Easy to get out when small, but they do develop big roots. Seeds around a lot. 
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast East YorkshirePosts: 1,309
    Evening primrose, mine have only just come into flower. I left too many to go to seed last year and have had loads of self seeders so have weeded out quite a lot
  • tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 1,965
    edited September 2020
    I'm surprised no one has suggested Dock.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    edited September 2020
    I'm surprised no one has suggested Dock.
    I'm not ... it doesn't look like a dock to me ... leaf shape, veining, stem and colours all wrong.  :)


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