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Sara 4


 Sorry, I didn't take a picture before I pulled it up, so that probably won't help you - the stem is covered in very sharp little hairs as are the leaves and it has a long tap root which you can see.  It isn't that unpleasant to look at, quite architectural and about 18 inches tall, but I brushed my hand against it and it was like a lot of little pin pricks - the sort that makes you wonder about contact poisons/allergies.  Any ideas?

BobTheGardener

It looks a bit like green alkanet but there are a few things which look similar when young, such as a comfrey.  Have you let any of them grow larger and flower?  That would help ID it.

nutcutlet

If it was just the one plants as opposed to an area of the plant I should think Bob's first suggestion is the one

Sara 4

Apologies, I've only just come back to the thread, so thank you both for your thoughts - I have googled alkanet Bob, and it does look very similar - I wish I hadn't pulled it up now, it's rather pretty, but it kept needling me while I was mulching my hibiscus (a phrase which could probably be open to interpretation, were this not a gardening forum!)

I have only found 2 and I shall take another photo of the one that's still in situ; I have in my head that it's a slightly different leaf configuration to the google images but without looking again I'm not sure. 

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