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20/04/2013 at 18:51

Hi all, I'm new here, I love gardening, I don't really have much of a clue what I'm doing, I just seem to throw things in and hope for the best, I love Dhalia though and can't wait till July/Aug to see my Dhalia Vulkan again, any way i was wondering if some of you nice people can help, I have a friend up in Scarborough who has just moved into a new house, and he's asked me if I could identify this for him, I couldn't and have no idea what it is, can anyone here help,

Its planted in sandy soil he tells me, and a few of them about, he didn't know wheter it was somekind of orchid, by I'm not so sure..Any help please.



20/04/2013 at 18:59

Is this in flower now Chris?

20/04/2013 at 19:02

Im not sure Nutcutlet, I think its just starting out as he's only just moved in ( March/April) and he's not mentioned it before

20/04/2013 at 19:18

I think it could be butterbur.

20/04/2013 at 19:26

Yeah you could be right , I've just googled it and the pics are very similar, you absolute star Charley Farley


20/04/2013 at 19:27

I think you are right, butterbur generally comes up with the flowers first, and then the large leaves follow a little later.

20/04/2013 at 20:17

That's what I was thinking but hoped I was wrong. 

20/04/2013 at 20:19

Alien invader from planet Zog...don't go near.....

20/04/2013 at 20:33

Too late for Chris's friend I fear

21/04/2013 at 08:12

I just love Butterbur - I think it's gorgeous - ok so it spreads, but if you're lucky enough to have lots of room and a wild patch it's fabulous - the bees love it in early spring and as you said, it looks amazing.  

There used to be so much of it around when I was a child, but I don't see it so much any more - those huge leaves we used to use as sunshades or umbrellas - back in the 'olden days' the leaves were used to wrap butter in to keep it cool - hence it's name.  

21/04/2013 at 09:18

Alien invader ?? Is it poisonous then Woodgreen wonderboy, obviously i'll have to let him know

21/04/2013 at 09:30

It's used in herbal medicine - can decrease swelling and lots of other uses - I wouldn't recommend eating it as too much can cause problems, but my understanding is that it shouldn't cause a problem if a curious child nibbled a bit.  We certainly used to play with it as children - using the big leaves as plates for our sandwiches - and as I said, dairy maids used the leaves to wrap butter in, and the human race has survived.

It's not anything to be frightened of, IMHO 

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