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06/04/2014 at 18:51

This has appeared in my garden.

I don't recognise it as anything I've grown before though I expect I must have.

 Does anyone recognise it?

06/04/2014 at 18:55

Nut if you don't know crikey help us  

If it didn't look a bit hairy at the base I'd say spinach. I often get poisoned

06/04/2014 at 18:55

To me the leaves look similar to dock leaves. Obviously it is not a dock or you would know what it was. Could it be something from the same family?

06/04/2014 at 18:56

Could be a Hardy Gerbera?


The seedlings to the left look like Gerbera seedlings too

06/04/2014 at 19:02

Thanks Sprig, I know docks all too well and it's not.

Matt, I had to google gerbera, I think mine will be a hardy plant, unless it's come in from outside the garden. The nearest outside the garden offers a choice of wheat, barley, rape and sugar beet, I don't think it's any of those

06/04/2014 at 19:03

KEF, I'm not going to test it but it doesn't look like spinach in reality

06/04/2014 at 19:05

I did edit my post nut, you can get hardy Gerberas which grow very well in the UK as far as I understand.

Would be nice to identify a plant that you dont know!

06/04/2014 at 19:13

Initially I thought it looked like a brassica of some kind but those fine hairs at the base of the leaves don't look right for that.  I seem to recognise it but can't quite put my finger on it at the moment.  Something is having a munch at it, so hope it survives long enough for identification, nut!

06/04/2014 at 19:32
Mattbeer87 wrote (see)

I did edit my post nut, you can get hardy Gerberas which grow very well in the UK as far as I understand.

Would be nice to identify a plant that you dont know!


There's lots of plants I don't know Matt, alpines and  tender exotics for a start, including hardy gerberas


Bob, it looks familiar to me as well, I hope I'm not nurturing another high quality weed


06/04/2014 at 19:37

I'm 99.9% sure it's a Gerbera.

Here is the one currently growing on my windowsill

 I must admit the leaves do look weed like, the flowers more than make up for it though and I should imagine the bees would enjoy them too.

06/04/2014 at 19:42

I'll let it develop a bit and see what happens. Matt, now you've shown me gerbera I realise I have seen them about. I don't think it's a gerbera 

06/04/2014 at 19:43

Ok, show us a pic when it flowers! I'm intrigued to see what it is

06/04/2014 at 19:45

Nut, I know you don't grow veg, so it can't be Chard can it?

06/04/2014 at 19:47

me too, I think it will be one of those that I know and just can't get to the front of the brain. 

Someone on the forum a few days ago described their brain as a deep dark cupboard. It's all in there somewhere but you can't find it

That's how mine is

06/04/2014 at 19:48

My chard isn't hairy 

06/04/2014 at 19:50

Not chard no, I don't grow it but I eat it

06/04/2014 at 19:51

I have gerbera overwintering in GH and doesn't look like mine. Like Bob, I'm still thinking veg, I know it's obviously not rocket but that has hairy stems when older. Bet it's edible, post me a piece Nut and I"ll have OH taste it

06/04/2014 at 19:55

Might be done for manslaughter KEF, I don't grow veg but I eat it and I don't think it's veg

06/04/2014 at 20:13

Something just popped-up from the deep dark recesses - one of the Nicotianas, perhaps?

06/04/2014 at 20:53

Not impossible Bob, it's not far away from where I had N. affinis for the last couple of years. Never had a self sow from those but never had such a mild winter before.

I will protect and keep an eye on it

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