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turmericturmeric Posts: 825
This is in my mum's garden and she bought it without a label.  It looks really familiar and I'm thinking delphinium but it looks more ferny than delphinium? It looks like a miniature tree peony or celery (!) but it isn't.

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  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 212
    Someone will be able to confirm or correct as I'm not sure, but could be Sambucus nigra Golden Towers? (an elder cultivar, can be grown as a columnar tree or as a shrub if cut back to the base every winter)
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 825
    OMG BlueBirder, that's why it looked so familiar, my friend has Sambucus nigra and the leaves are identical (except they're purple obviously). Thanks so much
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,253
    I can't see any woody stems, are there some?
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 825
    No punkdoc.  But the leaves do look like sambucus.
  • Chinese mugwort appeared when I put your image into a plant id app? 
    Happy Gardening
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 825
    I don't think it's Chinese mugwort having googled that.  But thank you.  I find those ID apps aren't always very reliable.  
  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 212
    edited April 2022
    I almost bought Sambucus nigra earlier this year, so spent a long time gazing at photos online :D I guess there wouldn't be any woody stems at this stage of growth?

    I don't think it's Chinese mugwort - although I can see why the app thought it was. Hopefully someone else can throw their thoughts into the mix either way. Maybe @Silver surfer can help?

    It's a lovely plant - looks very happy in your photos! 
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,253
    It should have a woody stem if it is a Sambucus.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,200
    punkdoc said:
    It should have a woody stem if it is a Sambucus.
    If it is very young stem will not have had time to go woody.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,253
    True.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
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