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Plant ID, please.

soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

Hi, I've been meaning to ask for an ID for this plant for a while. As you can see from the pic's it has a number of stems some of which remain prostrate and others upright. I find these in the garden each year and have been pulling them as they grow but don't produce any flowers.

Whether that's because I haven't given them the time I don't know. I suspect it's a weed, particularly as it has a very deep slender taproot, surrounded by a clump of quite long thin roots. Generally it has the appearance of a wild carrot.






  • Could be coriander?

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

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,367

    Does it have any smell to the leaves?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553

    Nigella, maybe...

  • don't think it's nigella (love in the mist) because though it selfseeds everywhere it would certainly flower.  It reminds me of a hedgerow plant that scrambles through other plants and has tiny pink flowers - I'm sure Dove or Nut will know what I mean and set me right.image I would be pulling it up too.

  • It does look like a carrot.  What does the taproot smell like?

    I get them appearing from birdseed.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • I had something similar which didn't seem to flower but just 3 weeks ago turned out to be a Californian Poppy!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,446

    I thought eschscholzia (californian poppy)  too. Maybe let one flower and see.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,367

    I think it's an umbelliferimage

    or whatever we call them nowimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429

    Hi, thanks for all the replies and sorry for the lateness of my response.

    It's definitely not Californian poppy. This is a favourite of mine and I have several in the garden. The CP has lighter green leaves, which are more delicate than the plant pictured. The stems of these are more fibrous and stronger.

    Smell I can't tell you at the moment. Because of age and years of smoking my sense of small was poor, and then a reaction to medication for allergic Rhinitis killed it off completely a few years ago. It's recently started to return but some days are better than others.

    I don't think it's one of the corianders because I also have these in the garden and they grow much taller or have different leaf forms.

    Nutcutlet, you might be right about it being an umbillfer (now Apiaceae), but as yet the ones I've had either haven't matured to the flower stage, or I've pulled them out too soon, but they don't ever seem to have much height, staying quite close to the ground.

    Definitely not Nigella as again, I grow these and the plant pictured is much bigger and doesn't produce flowers. The leaves and stems are also different.

    I'll let one, or maybe two develop, and then come back to this thread with more info and better pic's.

    Thanks, Ian

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,367

    You'll have to let one flowerimage it might not do that in the first year

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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