What's this?

I'm not sure what this is or what the little plant that's growing beside it is. I'm thinking it might be a food plant or some sort of herb. I've been away for 3 months and had a friend water my balcony troughs when possible. I cannot remember what I plant if I'm honest. Please help


 I'm thinking the plant next to it is a weed?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    the little one is one ofthe weed geraniums but I don't recognise the other.

  • Thank you nut cutlet. Have you any idea of the other one? It might peak my memory?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    I don't Janey. It's nothing I've grown sorry

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Pinch the leaves and sniff.  It will then be obvious if it is a herb.  The plant to the left is definitely a weed.

  • LOL Janey - my Missus is exactly the same.  I always label my stuff.  It doesn't look like a herb but pinching the leaves will definitely tell you if it is.  I wouldn't eat it unless you do know either!

  • Thank you

  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    I think the plant to the right could be Mirabilis jalapa or Four o'clock flower.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    Janey, you never said whether the leaves smell of anything, with or without pinching them.

    I don't think it's mirabilis, I grow that most years

  • Ok I will pinch and smell

  • Could it be pepper?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    Could be. I've never grown peppers but I think the leaves are that shape

  • The leaves do look like they could be capiscum leaves- they are the right shape.  If it is it will die off soon as they need temperatures over 15 deg C or they simply die off.  I've tried to overwinter them in a frost free greenhouse but with no success.  This year I have five plants in my dining room.  3 have died from being in direct contact with the floor image

  • Can I try the window sill? It's hot in my flat

  • I concur with above I think it may be a chilli.....

  • Janeylondon they will do fine overwintered in a flat but beware they are prone to whitefly. I use sticks by Bayer that you put in the soil they provide a few nutrients to the plant and kill the whitefly!! As long as they are kept watered they should be fine ..... Looks like a healthy plant small and compact possibly an apache or similar 

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751

    No, not chilli, I grow chillies and although the outline of the leaf is right the the growth habit and veining is wrong. I feel like I should know but can't quite remember. 

  • Welshonion wrote (see)

    Pinch the leaves and sniff.  It will then be obvious if it is a herb.  The plant to the left is definitely a weed.

    The plant to the left is definitely a wild, indigenous species. It isn't Herb Robert. I don't think it is pratense (which has several 'garden-worthy types - some with RHS AGM - despite being a 'weed'). It could be dissectum, but I'd plump for molle.


    The other could be a weed as wellimage The leaf shape reminds be of Thai basil or chilli peppers. I could be wrong.

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