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I'm wondering whether this is a weed. I know I planted something but can't remember. My confusion is that it might be something that birds planted which has grown.mplease help as I might be nurturing a weed.


  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    I thnk it's something called fathen. It will seed everywhere. It doesn't get any prettier than that.

  • Oh dear....I ad better get rid of it. Thank you so much

  • PeterE17PeterE17 Posts: 129

    It's a fascinating plant though. The leaves are edible like spinach and it produces two types of seed, one type for immediatae germination and the other for long-term dormancy.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    I shall look at fathen with more respect from now on, PeterE17!

  • At first for doe reason I thought it was rocket a I remember planting some. I tasted the leaves but it didn't taste familiar. So it's edible?


  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    I didn't know that Peter. Have to go find one and sample it. Re the seeds, plants are just soooo clever! image

  • PeterE17PeterE17 Posts: 129

    As long as it IS fat hen, yes, it is edible (boil the leaves in a little water).

    But it's not the most tasty vegetable in the world though ... as with any wild or foraged food, you must positively identify it before eating.

  • I tasted a leaf or two and I'm still standing

  • PeterE17PeterE17 Posts: 129

    That's good, that;s good .... just to be sure, search for some fat hen images, compare with your leaves and if there's a good match, get cooking.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,985

    my neighbourgrows this for his birds. Some of his best specimens are taller than me. Not surprising I have lots germinating in the garden every year. It's not a lot of trouble though. Quite attractive in its leafy stage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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