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Very spiky plant - what is it please?

Can anyone identify this plant which has popped up unannounced?  No flowers as yet but fairly vigorous growth on long stems wirh nasty spikes! Thank you hopefully!


  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,012
    Might it be a berberis? Planted by a bird?

    If you don't like it I'd dig it up while it's small.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Thanks I'm not sure? It is spiky. Anyone else agree with Berberis?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,633
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,271
    Yes, we've got a hedge of it and it's absolutely vicious, I hate it.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,203
    I took mine out as it's a horror to prune. It does keep popping up...  Dark red stems

    The birds love it though
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,485
    Yes - I love it. Great colour on the red ones in particular, and  excellent for wildlife- flowers for bees etc, and berries for the birds. 
    The thorns don't bother me  :D
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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