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SarahMacSarahMac Posts: 4
Hi, could anyone help to identify this. I am assuming it's a weed. :/This bed had Dahlias in it last year. The only other plant is Clematis Joe. I did have Daisies in the bed beside it which have been dug out.
I googled and no joy.
Many thanks 


  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,194
    edited May 2022
    I know that this will seem strange but the leaves and roots look very much like the chinese artichokes we planted last year. Any tiny bit left in the ground has now regrown.
    The part that you eat is the root.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    Looks like Betony, Betonica officinalis perhaps? Those roots are quite distinctive.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,194
    @Borderline we have betony in our orchard but I have never looked at the roots. Interesting betony and chinese artichokes belong to the same family so having seen the roots of the CA it just took me back to them. Must have a look one day at betony. A delighful plant and one that the bees love.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    edited May 2022
    Betrand-mabel, I only remember Betony or Stachys and strange white-ish roots, but perhaps I'm mixing it up with another plant and it's not any of the common ones in the UK.

    Certainly the Chinese Artichoke looks like it. The leaves looks familiar, but can't think what, so need to see what others think.
  • SarahMacSarahMac Posts: 4
    Thanks for your replies Borderline and Bertrand Mabel! Interesting, it does look a lot like Chinese Artichoke. Im not familiar with Betony, but it is a beautiful flower!
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