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Ditch side plant ID

scobec16scobec16 Forest of DeanPosts: 15
Just wondering if anyone can ID this plant as growing in our horse paddock next to a recently dredged ditch. 



  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,232
    @scobec16 I have no idea to be honest .Are these leaves growing out of an old tree stump maybe. Wouldn't suggest you handle it but is it shrubby and woody or are these stems soft and coming straight out of the ground. One last though are you aware of any flowers?
  • scobec16scobec16 Forest of DeanPosts: 15
    They are all along the bank of the ditch. No flowers, yet, but can post an update when they arrive as appreciate it is hard to know at the moment.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,232
    Some type of Hogweed?
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,840
    It does look like the native Hogweed to me too.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,232
    @Palustris Thanks.  Not to touch is good advice.
  • scobec16scobec16 Forest of DeanPosts: 15
    Thank you, we will keep horses away.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,460
    Could it be Althea officinalis / marsh mallow?
  • scobec16scobec16 Forest of DeanPosts: 15
    That could be a good contender
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,518
    Common Hogweed isn’t dangerous … I used to pick armfuls of it for our pet rabbits and the goats. 
    It’s totally different to the Giant Hogweed which is dangerous. 

    Does the stem have a groove along it?
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,232
    @scobec16 You could try YouTube Young Giant Hogweed identification
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