Hi Can anyone help with identifying this plant please, I am in Afghanistan and have a small garden in our compound. This started to grow and we have looked over the internet to find out what it is but are really stumped, Any help please
Some sort of eryngium (sea holly) maybe? Foliage does look right for one, and they are spiny guys, but I'm only familiar with frost hardy types, and depending on where u are over there it may or may not be hardy.. I'd google eryngium images and see if you recognise what comes up. Also, let it grow on a bit. If it flowers, u'll be able to identify it much more easily. I love it when stuff pops up like that!
Thanks, I am in Kabul so would be the hardy type as it gets down to -18 degrees over the winter and mid to high 40s in the summer.
Yes agree, very interesting growing over here as you just never know whats gonigto grow.
Good luck over there
Here is another pic taken this morning.
Looks like it's native to the area http://voices.yahoo.com/growing-varieties-eryngium-miss-willmotts-ghost-11603644.html?cat=30 so should do well. Bees love the flowers.
Yep, definitely an eryngium. Tough as old boots so long as not waterlogged. I used to live in mainland China where temps are similar to what you're getting - takes some getting used to, doesn't it? Plants tend to be extremely tough as a result. I second the best wishes btw - stay safe and good gardening. xx
With those vicious thorns on the leaves this is a more exotic plant than we get in UK.
I do not think it is Eryngium.
Wait for flowers and please add new pics to this thread... that may really help.
I am not familiar with the weeds/plants in your area
I wonder if it might be Solanum sp.
Such as Solanum mammosum. Time will tell.....
Wow that is sooo pretty
I don't know what it is but I dont think it is Miss Willmotts ghost - I grow this and it doesn't look like this. Some exotic weed of some type.
certainly isn't Miss Willmott's Ghost, I don't think it's any sort of eryngium, spines are in the wrong place. doubt if it's the solanum either.
Asking a local resident might be a good way forward.