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yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

This plant escaped my notice until last autumn when it had grown to a noticeable size in a patch where the only other plants were nectaroscordium.

Thought at first it must be an allium of some kind but decided not as I had never noticed any flower.  Then I thought maybe some giant chive - but has no smell and when you chop the leaves, they chop and look like chives - but no smell or no taste. So third guess is some kind of grass - but at the base the stalks are as hard as bamboo and look a bit like how bamboo forms with the creamy papery envelope over the green of the stem.

It looked big so I dug it up and planted it in this tub a month ago.  I don't much like it - and I want to use the tub for something a bit showy for summer.  However, if it's one of those 'things' which might errupt into a flower after a few years or something is likely to change- then I would keep it just to see it.

Can somebody tell me what this is or if there is something I ought to be doing about its condition or something to make it perform in some way that I'm unaware of?



Last edited: 03 May 2017 10:45:02


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,166

    It looks like a soft rush to me yarrow. If it is that I would not want to keep it.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,757

    Yes, I think it's Soft Rush too 

    Grows all over the place if it's damp enough - spent my childhood trying to weave with it - not something I'd nurture in a pot.  

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

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    Ladybird and Dove - thanks so much for that.  I will get rid.  Hurrah! x

  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Posts: 3,845

    Yup, a continual battle with us

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,166

    You are most welcome image

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
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