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11/07/2014 at 16:22

Hi everyone,

We have some very large weeds in our garden that seem to to be taking over!!!  I've added a picture. Does anyone know what they are? the leaves and stalks are quite large, and they seem to be growing what can only be described as a "fruit" spikey things!!
they also smell horrible when you disturb the plants

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/52200.jpg?width=446&height=460&mode=max

 

Any help much appreciated

 

Thanks
Dan

11/07/2014 at 16:44

It's a thornapple - Datura stramonium 

http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=536 

11/07/2014 at 16:51

Ah thank you, that is it......little bit alarmed having read your link, is this somehting I need to be concerned about, I really want to get rid of it, but not sure the best way

11/07/2014 at 16:55

It's fascinating but it is toxic - but then so are many plants in our gardens.  If you have children in the garden I'd pull it up now.  If not I would just make sure it's pulled up and bagged and binned before the seeds begin to ripen.  Wear long sleeves and gloves. 

11/07/2014 at 16:55

All I have ever done is to pull it up and put the plant in the bin. Wash your hands maybe afterwards.

12/07/2014 at 07:42

Thanks for the info everyone, I shall attempt to get rid of it this weekend....with care!!

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