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By Amundy

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone help me identify this very attractive plant growing on my allotment? It's growing among the raspberries (maybe because I didn't hoe that bed this year), 3ft high (competing with the rasps?), and a feathery feel to the flowers. The early seeds are round and mid-green.

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Phacelia grown as a green manure.

11 Jun, 2011


Common name is scorpion weed. it took me months to find out what it was when it appeared in my garden. I love the way the flowers unroll, like fern fronds.

11 Jun, 2011


Thank you. There seem to be various kinds of scorpion weed and this I think is the lacy one, hopefully not rash-producing; so far I've been OK.
It's the first time I've seen the plant, so have no idea where it came from. I shall definitely collect the seed.

12 Jun, 2011


I've never had any sort of rash from.

12 Jun, 2011


Mine has sown its own seed. I haven't had a rash either - it must be a different sort from the nasty one.

16 Jun, 2011


That is the risk when using common names, more than one plant can be called 'scorpion weed'.

17 Jun, 2011

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