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Please help me ID this plant 2


By Jimmee

Manchester, United Kingdom Gb

It has tall, strong stem like a sunflower and has been growing for about 4/5 months and has just flowered. Bees love it.




Looks a lot like Himalayan Balsam to me..? It's a very invasive weed if it is.

15 Jul, 2009


Thanks Rydeboyz for the tip. Looked it up on google images and you are spot on. Yeah it's bin day tomorrow.

15 Jul, 2009


What a shame...its a beautiful colour...:<(

15 Jul, 2009


"Touch-me-not". Look out, it bites!

15 Jul, 2009


that is a shame indeed its very pretty

have just google Touch me not and a website selling plants that you touch the leaves and they close up

how weird
Touch Me Not Plant or Mimosa pudica has many different names, such as 'sensitive plant', Mimosa pudica, also known as 'humble plant' plus the following names,

  humble plant
  shameful plant
  sleeping grass
  shy plant
  modest plant
  Kruikie roer my nie
  chui mui

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15 Jul, 2009


I think this particular plant's nickname refers to the seed pods that violently explode when disturbed. It's quite amusing actually especially when there is a 'chain reaction'.. It's very widespread in the area I live in Manchester so your plant could be a relative of the plants round here!

I bought some seeds from someone in India on ebay last year and they sent me some Mimosa pudica seeds free. They're quite novel plants! I also grew some Melianthus major from seed this year which is called 'Touch-Me-Not' because the leaves smell very strongly, of peanuts!

15 Jul, 2009


Thanks for all your help folks. Sounds like I asked just in time before I end up ruining my and my neighbours gardens.

16 Jul, 2009


gosh yes you dont want to be offering that around hehe

glad you asked the question though as Ive now found another for my wish list
Mimosa Pudica

xx x

16 Jul, 2009


they can explode their seeds a good 12ft away. the stems are hollow and a fantastic feat of plant engineering. i do have 5/6 plants in flower every year. then come the spring they are pulled up as they germinate. big fat seed leaves, unmistakeable.
thr RHS has banned them and it is a major problem in many areas of our country side. another invasive species brought over by our botantists 100yrs or more ago. pity a they are pretty.

16 Jul, 2009


Thanks again for the advice. They have all been pulled, binned and probably going to make great council compost. Like you all say, they are an attractive plant a mega bee magnet with an amazing sturdy stem that withstood serious high winds this year with no staking. Oh well.

16 Jul, 2009


Oh bless Jimmee grow some Borage instead its gorgeous and a real Bee magnet too
I can send you some seeds if you want some

x x x

17 Jul, 2009

How do I say thanks?

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