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19/07/2014 at 20:41


I started a garden a couple of months ago, my first since I was very young. I've planted a variety of wild plants and herbs, mainly from seeds I bought online. In one little plot, I sowed what I thought were thyme seeds (thymus vulgaris I think), but what grew there sure doesn't look like thyme (see image). Can someone help me identify this plant? It has grown about 26 inches in a month and a half, and it's just starting to flower. I looks a little like pokeweed, but it has green stalks, not red.

Thanks, G.G.


19/07/2014 at 20:52

It looks like pokeweed to me as well

19/07/2014 at 21:06
I dunno what poke weed is, i thought it looked like H.balsam
19/07/2014 at 21:13

Phytolacca anericana, if you enlarge it you can see a flowering coming in the bottom left plant

19/07/2014 at 21:17
I will go with what you say nut, i know you know your stuff
19/07/2014 at 21:20

Some stuff bekkie. I've  seen plants I don't know today. Lots of tender plants at East Ruston, I only know hardy ones

19/07/2014 at 21:23
Its really supprised me how much of a difference there still is with plants around the country, i had expected it to be pretty much the same
Iys good to see new things tho
19/07/2014 at 21:27

It's all very different isn't it? with rainfall, wind, acid and alkaline and all the other variables.

East Ruston is right on the coast with lots of shelter belts. Very non-hardy plants there.

19/07/2014 at 21:43
Sounds amazing, id love to be able to grow some of that stuff, but i suppose its normal to those who live there
I always wanted to have ivy leaved toadflax and valerian growing out of the garden walls because it reminded me of devon hols, i got some valerian, big mistake!
19/07/2014 at 21:50

Here's a closeup of the flower, just starting to emerge.


19/07/2014 at 21:56

Phytolacca americana

not my photo, google images

19/07/2014 at 21:56
Spot on nut
19/07/2014 at 21:58

We saw lots of those today

19/07/2014 at 22:02

Thanks, nut, that's it!

19/07/2014 at 22:06

I think the stems turn red later on

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