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Help identify this seaside plant


Hi all, I found this plant growing in some shingle on a beach in Sussex.

I took it home and planted it in soil and it seems to be thriving. It's trebled in size and some flower buds have recently appeared.

Does anyone recognise it, or have I taken home a weed ;-)

From searching I thought it maybe Sea Kale but the leaves look a different shape.


Last edited: 27 July 2016 20:37:50


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    It looks like one of the goosefoots (chenopodium) to me.  If you find it has spikes of extremely small flowers I think that would confirm it.  Most of them are very prolific self seeders so you might be in for some trouble!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,182

    It looks like Fat Hen but I'm not sure.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    I agree with Bob, Chenopodiaceae. I can't get nearer than thatimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,826

    Yes, it's a chenopodium, (of which Fat Hen is one), possibly Chenopodium botryodes which grows on salt marshes in the south and east of England.  

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

  • Thanks everyone!

    I've googled chenopodium and Fat Hen, neither of which end up particularly attractive.

    Think i'll just get rid. Shame though - we've become good friends over the last few months.


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