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10/04/2014 at 20:40

Hi all 

So these 'little' bad boys have popped up in my front garden and, whilst I know they are plants (tee hee!) I don't know what they are. Please can you help

Many thanks  

10/04/2014 at 20:44

Top one - Ceranthus ruber?

Bottom One - I need help too

10/04/2014 at 20:45

Top is Centranthus ruber known as valerian. good for bees

Bottom is Alliaria petiolata, jack by the hedge, one of the food plants for orange tip butterflies.

10/04/2014 at 20:46

Centranthus ruber

garlic mustard or jack by the hedge

10/04/2014 at 20:50

Valerian as in the stuff cat's go bonkers for as an alternative to catnip? Will have to look into getting some myself.

10/04/2014 at 20:51

Second picture looks like a Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). Carefully dig it out before the roots spread too far!

10/04/2014 at 20:52

No, scott, leaves similar, flower nothing like.

10/04/2014 at 20:54

On closer inspection I agree with the view that its jack by the hedge

10/04/2014 at 20:56

Not a stinging nettle, very different flowers


10/04/2014 at 20:57


Do you want to play 20 guesses where Jack by the hedge is growing?

10/04/2014 at 21:01

Is it in the middle of the lawn Panda

10/04/2014 at 21:11

That's right nut! You win  

As it is food for butterflies I guess I'll leave it. There is a lot of it though, and it is self sown!

10/04/2014 at 21:18

It does get a bit over-exited with seeding. It's a biennial so won't be invading by roots

You can see the eggs in one of the pics on this link, they lay them one at a time not in clusters like other butterflies, they eat each other if the get a chance

10/04/2014 at 21:30

Guess that explains why I didn't see it last year then  I do like the pretty white flowers though. Happy it's loved by butterflies.

10/04/2014 at 22:08

Valerian and not sure about the second one - will do some research!

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