Can anyone identify this plant/weed? I had three or four spring up in the garden during the summer, they haven't died back but temperatures here (SE) have been mild all winter. I've had some lovely bird sown plants in the past including Verbenas so I'm reluctant to throw them on the compost heap until I know what they are. This has carroty leaves and is definitely not parsley.





  • Thanks Edd, I googled them and it seems most like Mugwort, apparently you can make tea with it to induce lucid dreams! I'll compost it I think.

  • It does smell but only if you get your nose right up too it, I can't really describe the smell, when the hail stops I'll pop out and have a look at the underside of the leaves.

  • Feverfew perhaps ?  Has quite a distinctive smell - supposed to be good for curing headaches.

  • I hope so Philippa, you just saved it from the compost, I'll wait now and see if it flowers in the summer.

  • I would Edd, but there is still an outside chance it's hemlock!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,111

    I thought feverfew, but I wouldn't advise eating anything until it is definitely identified.!!

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • I am a migraine sufferer, so if I can establish it definitely is feverfew (when it flowers?) I actually might eat it.

  • Ashleigh 2..............if it IS feverfew, supposedly you make a sandwich out of it.  I imagine because it is a bit unpalatable on its ownimage

    I have previously picked some and eaten it............I can't say for sure if it cured my headache ............could just be psychologicalimage

    To be serious tho, take note of Fidgetbones..............unless you are sure, don't eat it. 

    Now you have got me just need to keep posting every day image


  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,806

    Looks like Feverfew to me too. Personally I prefer even one of my three day migraine attacks to the taste of it.

  • Ok, you've put me off, still the flowers are pretty.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,220

    I'd go along with feverfew from the photo

    , it self seeds with us too in Devon.

  • I'd agree..........once you've got it, you will always have it.  There is a slightly prettier form - golden - but with the same characteristics. Tastes the same tho image

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