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Lindsay4Lindsay4 Posts: 34

Hi, I wonder if anyone can identify a mystery plant which is growing in one of my (rather neglected) pots? It almost looks like a Romaine lettuce from a distance but has very pointed, elegant leaves with quite heavy veining and which have sharp, whitish barbs running all down their spines. There are also occasional sharp points on the insides of the leaves too. It's a very bright, light green and rather attractive if a little unfriendly!

I don't know what it is or where it came from....any help would be welcome. Unfortunately I keep getting an error message when I try to upload photos, so I hope that my description is enough.

Many thanks


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Sounds like a teasel.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 6,957

    Lindsey don't worry about the error message just click OK and wait, it's a bit slow but usually works.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • kleipieperkleipieper Posts: 563

    My thoughts exactly image. Does it look anything like the one in this thread?


  • Lindsay4Lindsay4 Posts: 34

    Thank you Dave and Kleipieper, it looks pretty similar except that mine has straighter edges to the leaves. Having just looked at some other teasel photos I'm pretty sure that's what it is. Very pleased as I know the birds will love the seed heads and I've been trying to attract the Goldfinches into my garden for ages! I did plant some Teasel seeds a couple of years ago but nothing came of them so I guess this one may have lain dormant - unless a bird dropped a seed into the pot of course! Thank you again.image

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