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A plant which started growing last year and this year has grown to at least 1.5m.  It now has small pale pink flowers growing in a cluster like an umbelliferous plant. The flowers have a scent, slightly sweet with just a hint of sharpness - not unpleasant.  The main stem is similar to a parsley plant when it bolts and is about 1cm in diameter.  The foliage is dark green and leafy. 




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169

    Are there any photos Sonia? That description could cover a lot of plants, not all umbelliferous

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169

    I'd say its Valerian. Valeriana officinalis. Lovely smell from a few feet back but not so great close to?

    Not the same as the red, pink or white flower that grows on cliffs also referred to as Valerian bit is Centranthus rubra. Something else altogether

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • poppy16poppy16 Posts: 12
    I have that in my garden too and have seen it in several open gardens but no idea what it is.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,169

    Could do with a pic of the whole planttoreally be sure but the height is right and the flowers too. Scent is a bit subjective

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • shazza3shazza3 Posts: 106

    why don't you Google it, that way you'll get a photo as well that you can compare to yours ????image

  • cow parsley, maybe??

  • Or Achilliea? Just thinking about the leaves which could be described as "parsley-ish" A full photo would be good

  • definitely valerian - valeriana officinalis!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,024

    I was just thinking that I might get some of this for my garden when I read that it is attractive to cats in the same way that catnip is - having just come in from the veg patch where I found a visiting cat has dug up and destroyed some of my emerging runner beans, I think that's one plant I'll give a miss image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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