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please tell me iif this is a weed?


By Romneya

Angus, Scotland Sco

This is a seedling sown earlier this year. The parent plant is 5 feet tall and flowers in late spring. The flowers are pink and fluffy like a thalictrum. The stems are noticeably red and the leaves are a fresh green with deepish veining.




Does look a little like a weed i know something Mustard i think!

9 Aug, 2009


Could it be that weed called 'Winter Heliotrope'? It's actually a garden escapee, from years ago - now to be found in hedgerows. It has mauve flowers a bit like a flat bottle-brush in winter.

9 Aug, 2009


Could be. I know of it as all over a garden i work in

Not actually Mustard, just another name for it 'Something Mustard' or Mustard Something'.
Hydrangea flower head sounds a bit unusual thou

9 Aug, 2009


I've had a look at winter heliotope and at mustard on google images and its definitely not either of these. The flower heads are more similar to a hydrangea in shape.

9 Aug, 2009


Hmmm. a puzzle, then! Sorry - did try!

9 Aug, 2009


Are the leaves in pairs or do they spiral? From your photo, they look to be in pairs (two young paired leaves in the centre). Could be a Labiate of some sort, maybe a Stachys?

10 Aug, 2009


I've just looked at pics of labiatae and stachys and neither are fitting the bill. I'll post another pic of the parent plant which shows the structure of the flowers. I didn't want to put this pic on the site as it also shows our rubbish hedge!!!!

10 Aug, 2009


It would be a help - I'd like to know, now! Promise not to look at the hedge...:-)

10 Aug, 2009


Promise not to look too :-)

10 Aug, 2009

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