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AlxNicAlxNic Posts: 259

This plant appeared some weeks back in one flower bed. I have pulled up 40 or so and left one to get bigger so I had something for identification. 

They have now stared appearing in the lawn edges. The roots go really deep and I have been unable to get to the root without disloging all the plants in the bed.

Can anyone give me a name for it please?image




  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,790

    Well I have to say that it looks very much like celeriac but I couldn't swear that that is what it is. Very mysterious.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    Does it smell like celeriac?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • AlxNicAlxNic Posts: 259

    It is mysterious, Ladybird. I am new to gardening and haven't seen it in the garden before now.  I've definitely not planted any celeriac seeds.

    The root is now very thick - and is down deeper than my trowel can reach. I'm glad I pulled up so many seedlings when they came up - they were easier to get out then.

  • AlxNicAlxNic Posts: 259

    Nutcutlet, I din't notice any celery type smell when digging it out of the lawn edges. I will check again tomorrow. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    I don't grow celeriac but I don't think the leave look like that. More like celery or parsnip

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,737

    Alex can you leave one to develop - then if we can see the flowers might get more clues :-) 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I may be well off the mark but could this be  well established mirabilis? I was going by the large wood-like tuber/root on one of the pictures. They self seed easily but the original plants do survive a not too cold winter and grow quite big.

  • Hello AlexX did any of your  mystery plants get to the flowering stage? I still think they are mirabilis. Most of mine are now in flower/bud. I bought 4 tubers (actually got 5) from Poundland last year, supposed to be mixed colours. I only had yellow and white, and kept collected seeds colours separate. This year I have yellow and white as expected but also a lovely pink one. (and that's magic!) I hope you have been lucky enough to have yours in flower as I think they are lovely flowers.  Let us know how they got on, or did you decide to dig them all up?

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,035

    Now I reckon that that was a Phytolaca americana plant.

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