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It's called fasciation and is caused by damage to the growing tip. It doesn't harm the plant
could it be Butterbur, (Petasites), it spreads very easily and flowers in spring when very few if any leaves are evident.
so do slugs and snails
Lost Gardens of Heligan
They are not frost hardy which is a problem over winter but during the summer (if we ever get one) you can put them outside
Sorry to gloat but this time tomorrow I will be here, Yippee
Leafy one could be a Penstemon
Don't bother with carrots until the soil has been improved for a couple of years, they just won't grow well from my experience
Kate my cator oil plants struggled and then when about 12 inches high developed flowers. I cut these off and repotted and suddenly they have sprung into life and are now double the size. Repotting in a different compost may be the answer.
Why not try keeping half in the greenhouse and half outside