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White wild flower or weed?

Hello all,
I wondered if someone can tell me what this plant is and whether it is a wild flower or a weed? It's starting to seed and the flying insects like it. Thank you.

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  • stephentamestephentame Southwest EnglandPosts: 240
    It is a wild flower...
    It might also be a weed...
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,207
    It looks a lot like my perennial buckwheat as the flower buds start to open out.  I bought mine at the Beth Chatto garden.

    https://www.bethchatto.co.uk/conditions/plants-for-general-conditions/fagopyrum-dibotrys.htm



    Neither weed nor wild.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 231
    Depends if you like it or not. If you like it …….it’s a flower , if you don’t like it…….see where I’m going with this ? 
  • Obelixx said:
    It looks a lot like my perennial buckwheat as the flower buds start to open out.  I bought mine at the Beth Chatto garden.

    https://www.bethchatto.co.uk/conditions/plants-for-general-conditions/fagopyrum-dibotrys.htm



    Neither weed nor wild.
    Thank you, this is very helpful. I had brought some mixed wild flower seeds, but only this and actual weeds popped up. Having a google the buckwheat is good for green manure/covering, so I’ll look into it, might be useful over the winter. Completely new to gardening - have zero knowledge at the moment. Thank you 😊 
  • This plant looks like perennial buckwheat.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 26,207
    edited 22 July
    Yes, that's the common name for fagopyrum dibotrys.

    I love it.  Mine gets to 1.5m or more high in a north facing bed where it is protected from the sun at its hottest and brightest.  I experimented and tried another clump in full sun and it's growing much shorter.  I find it very decorative with its red stems in spring and the red centres to its leaves and the delicate creamy white flowers later on.   
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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