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Jo Stephenson

Hi guys,

I have some new plants that have just appeared in my garden from nowhere and would like to dive into your fountain of knowledge if you don't mind?


The yellow one comes on a very, very thin stem that has to be supported as it can't stand up otherwise. There is also a pink one beside it. Full sun in a border

The purple one has grown through a shrub, about 1.5m high. Half sun.

The white one has sprouted underneath a tree, half sun I would say.







2. If it's seeded itself there and is more leaf than flower, it will be Solanum dulcamara, woody nightshade or a long string of other common names. The leaves and stems of this one have a very fusty smell when bruised.

If there are lots of flowers and it's been planted, Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin is more likely.

3.looks like one of the phytolaccas.


Jo Stephenson

Thanks nutcutlet. No.2 doesn't have many flowers and there's no way it could have been planted because you can't get through the shrub that it's grown through.

Do you think I could take cutings from it? It looks very pretty and would like to put it somewhere else.

And what should I know about phytolacca?



The night shade will seed and unless you have a big garden one is plenty. It's poisonous, the berries at least, possibly other parts.

Phytolacca is another large plant that seeds about the garden. Enormous roots but not invasive by roots, just by seed. More poisonous berries.

I may be wrong on the phytolacca, mine are nowhere near flowering but there are other species that might be earlier. Mine is P.americana according to its label. I have seen others that aren't quite like mine with the same label.

See what other people think

If you like the look of the nightshade why not consider getting a Solanum crispum Glasnevin .

It's a relative and the flowers are very similar, but you'll get many more of them and it's not so invasive.

Has anyone got any idea what the first flowers are?

You've certainly got some unusual plants appearing.



The yellow one looks like an Ixia or african corn lily.


Am I right with the phytolacca Dove and fidget?

Nut, I've only ever seen it in the autumn with berries, not in flower, but the leaves look right to me.
Jo Stephenson

I've just googled your answer fidget and I think you're right. They are beautiful flowers but they are very unsteady. Their stems are so thin. I've no idea how they got there but I'm glad they did.

Jo Stephenson

Thanks Dove for your tip I shall check it out.

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