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13/07/2013 at 10:46

Hi, can anyone identify this plant for me please. Its not a good photo but the plant is about 1.5 metres tall with most of the foliage at the bottom and with number of off shoots all along the stem and the tiniest red/yellow flowers on the stems.


Hope someone can help.Thank you


13/07/2013 at 11:07

Could you try again with the red/yellow flowers on the stems?

13/07/2013 at 11:08

I thought at first that it might be himalayan balsam until you described the flowers as growing up the stem. Is it at all possible to take a picture of the flowers?


13/07/2013 at 11:15

I can see square stems which would eliminate himalayan balsam.

13/07/2013 at 11:27

It looks like one of the figworts to me -- water figwort has square stems and the flowers are sort of maroon with greeny yellow edges 

13/07/2013 at 12:07

I agree with Dovefromabove.  A figwort (Scrophulria nodosa or S. aquatica) seems likely based on height, square stems and description of small, insignificant maroon / yellow flowers at the top of the stems.

Try another photo if possible.


13/07/2013 at 19:15


Here we go, more photos.


13/07/2013 at 19:32

Definately figwort, probably Water Figwort, one of my favourite wild plants 'cos it's the first one I learned to identify on Nature Walks at school when I was about 5.

Parents thought the teacher was bonkers, taking us all for nature walks and teaching us about wild plants when we were supposed to be learning our times tables - but I learned to love plants   and I learned my tables too, eventually 

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