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BudgieoBudgieo Posts: 7


 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 image



  • auntie bettyauntie betty Posts: 208

    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!


  • BudgieoBudgieo Posts: 7

    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.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,740

    Good luck over there image

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

  • BudgieoBudgieo Posts: 7


     Here is another pic taken this morning.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,740

    Looks like it's native to the area so should do well.  Bees love the flowers. 

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

  • auntie bettyauntie betty Posts: 208

    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

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,432

    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.....



    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • NickyBNickyB Posts: 69

    Wow that is sooo pretty image

  • Red TulipRed Tulip Posts: 15

    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.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,145

    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.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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