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What plant is this please ?

mattsmatts Posts: 37

I am a (very) novice gardener and was recently given this plant by a friend of mine that is a bit of a practical joker.

Can you help me identify this plant and also whether this plant is a weed or not ?

I would hate to spend loads of time caring for it if it's a known weed, although it would give my friend many hours of amusement if i did :)



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,567

    Hmm - there are similarities to Japanese Knotweed, but I'm not sure .......... what do others think?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    I don't think it's JKW. I think it's a shrub, though whether it's one you want, that's another thing altogether. 

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Practical joke? Not a very funny one if it is knotweed. image

    The kinked stem is similar but the leaves are a bit too pointy for knotweed I think.

    Whatever you do don't put it in the ground till you find out for sure!!!

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,509

    You could always play safe, throw it away and tell your friend - if asked - that it just died! image

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  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    ....and then get a new friend.

  • mattsmatts Posts: 37

    Thanks for all your replies. They're really appreciated.

    Japanese Knot Weed ? Crikey ! Surely not. Even i have heard of that.

    I'll play it safe though and get rid of it.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,578

    It's definitely not japanese knotweed.  My next door neighbour has knotweed, so I'm happy to identify your plant as a shrub you might possibly want (philadelphus??  Really don't know...) but definitely not JKW.  image

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