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09/02/2014 at 13:41

Can anyone identify this plant/weed? I had three or four spring up in the garden during the summer, they haven't died back but temperatures here (SE) have been mild all winter. I've had some lovely bird sown plants in the past including Verbenas so I'm reluctant to throw them on the compost heap until I know what they are. This has carroty leaves and is definitely not parsley.



09/02/2014 at 14:11

Mugwort or Rag weed perhaps? Even hemlock possibly. 

09/02/2014 at 14:30

Does it have any smell at all, as it looks very much like coriander but you would be able to smell it a mile off. Wormwood is also a posability.

09/02/2014 at 14:37

Thanks Edd, I googled them and it seems most like Mugwort, apparently you can make tea with it to induce lucid dreams! I'll compost it I think.

09/02/2014 at 14:43

Mugwort has a pale white/gray underside so i am not sure. I would have no problems about putting it in the compost though.

09/02/2014 at 14:47

It does smell but only if you get your nose right up too it, I can't really describe the smell, when the hail stops I'll pop out and have a look at the underside of the leaves.

09/02/2014 at 14:48

Feverfew perhaps ?  Has quite a distinctive smell - supposed to be good for curing headaches.

09/02/2014 at 14:53

I hope so Philippa, you just saved it from the compost, I'll wait now and see if it flowers in the summer.

09/02/2014 at 14:55

I would just eat a handful and if you are very happy within the next hour then you will know and be able to send me some 

09/02/2014 at 14:59

I would Edd, but there is still an outside chance it's hemlock!

09/02/2014 at 15:05

OOH philippa smith2 Feverfew is very good and is the closest so far.


09/02/2014 at 15:07

I thought feverfew, but I wouldn't advise eating anything until it is definitely identified.!!

09/02/2014 at 15:08
Ashleigh 2 wrote (see)

I would Edd, but there is still an outside chance it's hemlock!

I will get the other half to try it then.

09/02/2014 at 15:19

I am a migraine sufferer, so if I can establish it definitely is feverfew (when it flowers?) I actually might eat it.

09/02/2014 at 17:00

Ashleigh 2..............if it IS feverfew, supposedly you make a sandwich out of it.  I imagine because it is a bit unpalatable on its own

I have previously picked some and eaten it............I can't say for sure if it cured my headache ............could just be psychological

To be serious tho, take note of Fidgetbones..............unless you are sure, don't eat it. 

Now you have got me just need to keep posting every day


09/02/2014 at 17:53

Looks like Feverfew to me too. Personally I prefer even one of my three day migraine attacks to the taste of it.

09/02/2014 at 17:56

Ok, you've put me off, still the flowers are pretty.

09/02/2014 at 18:35

I'd go along with feverfew from the photo

, it self seeds with us too in Devon.

09/02/2014 at 18:40

I'd agree..........once you've got it, you will always have it.  There is a slightly prettier form - golden - but with the same characteristics. Tastes the same tho

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