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Hi, Not sure if these are a weed or a perennial I forgot about.

If you know what it is, would be grateful for an ID.




  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Could it be a hydrangea?   You can see the formation of what looks like the formation of hydrangea flower heads.

    SW Scotland
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,860

     Definitely not Hydrangea, it is a weed but I can't think off hand, we'll have to wait for Nutcutlet.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444

    I think it is red campion but I could be wrong and often am.

    To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,486

    leave it for a while. You might like it.

    If you don't, make sure it doesn't seed.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,860

    Not red campion.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Dave HedgehogDave Hedgehog Posts: 377

    It's not a wildflower I recognise. Is somewhat similar to Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) but the leaves on the ID plants are more elongated and have smaller teeth formations around the edge. It could be Common Figwort though (Scrophularia nodosa).

    Totally agreed with B3 - see what the flowers are like before making a decision as it could well be a perennial.

    Last edited: 07 May 2017 18:37:48

  • Dave HedgehogDave Hedgehog Posts: 377

    Actually am pretty sure it's Common Figwort. If the plant reaches 5ft+ in height and flowers come out as small red beads, dig the plants up before they go to seed.

    It's a sinister-looking plant but is used in many herbal recipes. However, the seeds are viable for many years and you will be digging them up for many years too image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    Don't know, sorry. Except to say I don't think it's anything that's been suggested so far

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks all 

    I did put some new flowers in that bed last year (impulse buy at the garden centre!!) and some were native wildflowers - so maybe it's one of those, and I think I did get some red campion.

    I'll wait for the flowers! 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    It doesn't look like the figwort I know which has flowers coming from each leaf node rather than in an infloresence at the top.  It's not a red campion.

    I've got a very tall lamium  my garden which looks very like the plant in the picture ... but I was given it without a label ... it has a cluster of flower buds at the top just like in the photos.  And lamiums have square stems, which the one if the photo appears to have ... but then so does figwort image

    I shall keep an eye on this thread ... 

    Last edited: 07 May 2017 18:59:51

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

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