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27/08/2013 at 14:50

Hello all,

I left this patch unweeded next to the beans as there were fennel, nigella and a miniature (20cm!!) sunflower growing, but there's also this interesting grass. I really like it but have no idea what it is. It's growing in a c shape from the ground, with these long (30cm ish) stems and then a big flat leaf. Any ideas?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29978.jpg?width=521&height=350&mode=max

 Thank you!

27/08/2013 at 16:12

Looks like a bamboo!!

27/08/2013 at 17:18

Definitely looks like a bamboo, get rid of it quick, or you'll have it everywhere. Has the neighbour got bamboo? Could have spread from there.

27/08/2013 at 17:21

Oh dear! It does rather! I hope it isn't, I've only heard bad things about garden bamboos.

I've no experience with bamboo (apart from those little potted ones for your windowsill, which I always managed to kill) but the stems don't look how I'd imagine. The leaves are also hairy.. do bamboos have hairy leaves?

I can't see any neighbours who have bamboo so don't know where it'd come from.

27/08/2013 at 17:58

 Does Bamboo have flowers / seed   , Maybe its come to you via the birds . ?

 

27/08/2013 at 18:01

Does not look like Bamboo to me with the way the leaves are growing up the stem and the way it is fanning out from the centre. It reminds me more of a type of Water Reed or some native.

27/08/2013 at 18:21

Dig it up stick it in a pot and see what it turns into. Then if it is bamboo you won't have to wrestle it out of the ground.

27/08/2013 at 18:23

Lucky3, bamboo only flowers once every 100 years or so... It is supposed to be very lucky ironically!!! I have x3 in my garden a two black negra bamboos and amother one that was given to us it's lovely the young stems go red in the sun then fade to yellow. I don't have any problems with it I have to say but I do keep on top of it trimming it and cutting off runners. This one looks like a very invasive type that I see in people's gardens it grows very very tall and is extremely invasive.. Make sure you get it all dig deep!!

27/08/2013 at 19:29

I was planning to dig it up as I quite like it and it's in the veg bed so can't stay there. No sign of it flowering or seeding and it's been there all summer so would think if it were an annual it would've gotten to that by now.

I shall see about digging it out tomorrow. I'd been putting it off as the nigella will throw a big tantrum and give up once disturbed. Shall get a better photo when I do dig it out.

It is indeed fanning from a central sort of point, as blairs said, so hopefully it isn't bamboo. It is quite near to the pond (maybe six feet) so your water reed suggestion was interesting, maybe carried on a frog?! There are a lot of birds bringing all sorts into the garden as well, but I've never seen anything like this.

27/08/2013 at 19:29
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

. This one looks like a very invasive type that I see in people's gardens it grows very very tall and is extremely invasive.. Make sure you get it all dig deep!!

It looks similar but is not Sasa Palmata...it is just Common Reed - best not to alarm people Stacey.

27/08/2013 at 21:12

I don't think it's a bamboo. the way it comes out of the ground is wrong and bamboo not hairy

27/08/2013 at 22:16

..Millet..?

27/08/2013 at 22:21

probably Salino, something from the bird feeder or the birds rear end

27/08/2013 at 22:25

I think it is millet, probably dropped by a bird one way or another on your patch! 

28/08/2013 at 12:23

Thank you for your replies, and the assurances it's not bamboo!

I'm not sure about it being millet though. We have a lot of millet going out into the garden as we feed it to our pet birds, and then the stuff they drop goes to the wild birds, and it ends up everywhere. I've got some currently growing in a patch where it went undetected, and although the leaves are similar, it is all growing up a couple of central stalks and is currently in flower. Mystery plant is growing many leaves from a central "C" and each stalk stops at a leaf.

Not sure what Salino is nutcutlet? Google didn't show me anything.

28/08/2013 at 12:46
Panoply wrote (see)

Not sure what Salino is nutcutlet? Google didn't show me anything.

 

Salino is a forum member, my comment relates to the previous post

28/08/2013 at 13:10
nutcutlet wrote (see)
Panoply wrote (see)

Not sure what Salino is nutcutlet? Google didn't show me anything.

 

Salino is a forum member, my comment relates to the previous post

Ahaha! Oh silly me! Thank you for clearing it up!

28/08/2013 at 13:15

Some of the big Miscanthus are a bit like that - like sugar cane. Could it be something like that?

28/08/2013 at 18:31

Hmm, I don't know Fairygirl. It doesn't look quite right.

I've just been out and taken some more photos to show the base and the leaves and the hairs a bit better.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30045.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30046.jpg?width=608&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30047.jpg?width=267&height=350&mode=max

 

28/08/2013 at 20:36

close up says not miscanthus. I doubt if this is a hardy perennial

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