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I have this plant growing in a border and I do not have a clue whether it is a weed or one of the various seeds I may have planted! Can anyone help with identifying it? It has a thick stem, with pitioles that feed off to large leaves and they are hairy. There is no flower yet. Thanks

I appreciate your comments - the Malva Sylvestris looks the likely winner as the leaves are different to the Castor Bean. Just have to wait for the flowers (and hopefully no tubers invading my bed with some new voracious weed!) Karenm - it does feel like it would come up easily on a first tug so you have given me hope!!




I don't recognize your plant, but the rule of thumb is this: Give it a good jerk. If it comes out easily, it was a valuable plant. If it stays put, it's likely a noxious weed.

Seriously, I've had your problem more times than I'd care to admit.

19 Jun, 2011


My first reaction is that it is a true Castor Bean (Ricinus communis).

19 Jun, 2011


I would be inclined to agree with Tugbrethil. I believe the plant is very poisonous. I have never grown it but the picture looks familiar.
Karenm, love your words about the rule of thumb.

19 Jun, 2011


Its Malva sylvestris. Quite nice deep pink typical Mallow flowers.

19 Jun, 2011


yeah does look like a malva but has larger leaves than ive seen before but should be flowering now mine are

19 Jun, 2011

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