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31/07/2013 at 08:08


I'm wondering whether this is a weed. I know I planted something but can't remember. My confusion is that it might be something that birds planted which has grown.mplease help as I might be nurturing a weed.

31/07/2013 at 08:11

I thnk it's something called fathen. It will seed everywhere. It doesn't get any prettier than that.

31/07/2013 at 08:11

Oh dear....I ad better get rid of it. Thank you so much

31/07/2013 at 08:19

It's a fascinating plant though. The leaves are edible like spinach and it produces two types of seed, one type for immediatae germination and the other for long-term dormancy.

31/07/2013 at 08:20

I shall look at fathen with more respect from now on, PeterE17!

31/07/2013 at 08:25

At first for doe reason I thought it was rocket a I remember planting some. I tasted the leaves but it didn't taste familiar. So it's edible?


31/07/2013 at 08:27

I didn't know that Peter. Have to go find one and sample it. Re the seeds, plants are just soooo clever! 

31/07/2013 at 08:29

As long as it IS fat hen, yes, it is edible (boil the leaves in a little water).

But it's not the most tasty vegetable in the world though ... as with any wild or foraged food, you must positively identify it before eating.

31/07/2013 at 08:35

I tasted a leaf or two and I'm still standing

31/07/2013 at 08:49

That's good, that;s good .... just to be sure, search for some fat hen images, compare with your leaves and if there's a good match, get cooking.


31/07/2013 at 09:48

my neighbourgrows this for his birds. Some of his best specimens are taller than me. Not surprising I have lots germinating in the garden every year. It's not a lot of trouble though. Quite attractive in its leafy stage

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