weed, plant or veggie?

we've found a couple of these growing in our garden veggie patch. when small they looked similar to our potato plants however now they're much bigger they don't look anything like potato plants. we've had a lot of seeds move round the garden caused by the wind, animals etc. to the extent of a patch of our lawn being full of parsnips! so i don't want to assume this plant is a weed and just dig it up to find it was actually something edible. i don't want to leave it if it is a weed as it's taking water and nutrients from the other veggie plants. please help!

hopefully the pictures help (coming soon) but the plant has red stems and stalks. leaves are green with a slight purple edge. there are 3 separate leaves on each stem.

thanks

Mizz, Dorset

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  • MizzMizz Posts: 22

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  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Looks like Aquilegia.

    A pretty cottage garden flower.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    Looks just like an Aquilegia to me. A self-seeding flower that will pop up most places & flower the following year. Very pretty cottage garden type of spring flower, but not nec one that you may want in your veg patch- although have to admit to a couple of magnificent specimens in my fruit cage! J.

  • MizzMizz Posts: 22

    thanks very much both of you we'd spent hours searching the net but as it had no flowers couldn't identify it.

     think we'll move to a more useful place in the flower bed rather than centre stage in the veggie patch. is it one of those that justs keeps spreading and taking over the space or would it sit ok amongst other plants?

  • gardengirl6gardengirl6 Posts: 223

    It is definitely aquilegia.   It readily self-seeds, but doesn't spread.   It makes a little clump and then flowers above it.   It is a perennial.

    I love it when you get something for nothing!

  • MizzMizz Posts: 22

    fantastic! looking forward to seeing it flower

    thanks

  • VivienVivien Posts: 9

    Just joined the site, this is great. Yes, definitely an aquilegia. As your previous adivce says, they self seed but wont take over so enjoy! Pop up in odd places but lovely. When the flowers die off tip it (the flower) upside down and you will get a handful of seeds all for free - as gardengirl6 said.

  • BazantilBazantil Posts: 3

    Hi all, just joined the site so apologies if this is in the wrong place!  I too have something that I am not sure if it's a weed or not, thought it was a Hosta but don't think so now, partner wants to pull them up but I'm not sure - help!  I know there is a dandelion behind it but my tortoise likes them!

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  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    Possibly Mint Bazanti? Give it a rub and sniff your finger.

  • BazantilBazantil Posts: 3

    Nope it just smells of green vegetation, but thanks for the suggestion.

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