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What's this plant?

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whenim64 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:18:01

Can you identify this plant (on my profile) with the white flowers with a fleshy central spike, and heart shaped leaves? It's appeared in my garden and I can't remember its name. It's so pretty and I'm reluctant to weed it out but as I can't find its name, I don't know how it behaves. Anyone recognise it?

JessM Sat 21-Jul-12 18:21:29

well the leaves look a bit like the violet family?
but the fleshy central spike thing isn't saying violets to me.

Ella46 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:26:39

Sorry, nothing springs to mind, although the heart shaped leaves look so familiar!

JO4 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:34:09

I've got some of that! Hold on. Bishop's something. I think. Spreads a lot.

lucid Sat 21-Jul-12 18:37:30

I've just looked in my gardening bible and I think it is probably Houttuynia cordata

whenim64 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:37:44

I've tried plant identifiers but it's not showing up. I know I've seen it before.

Welcome back Jingle. You were missed smile

lucid Sat 21-Jul-12 18:38:27

If it is the leaves should smell slightly of citrus when

whenim64 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:41:43

Indeed it is!! Thanks lucid. Just looked it up. It's also called the Chameleon plant as the leaf colours change over the summer and autumn. Apparently it's quite invasive but good ground cover. brilliant - it can stay grin

Anagram Sat 21-Jul-12 18:42:28

Yes! Bishop's Hat

(I think!)

JO4 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:46:02

Yes. That's it. Bishops hat or epimedium or barrenwort. Four or five white petals and a sticky up thing like an erect catkin in the centre. smile

JO4 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:49:40

Oh yes. That is it. Lucid is right.

whenim64 Sat 21-Jul-12 18:57:24

Not Epimedium - that flowers in spring and the leaves are different. Definitely Houttuynia cordata. Thanks everyone smile

JO4 Sat 21-Jul-12 19:04:40

Did this thread disappear for a while there? confused

It was definitely gone.

whenim64 Sat 21-Jul-12 19:09:15

There's been gremlins afoot in the last couple of weeks Jingle. Now you see it, now you d..................oo-er, gone again grin

Anagram Sat 21-Jul-12 19:11:27

Yes, Lucid is right - I couldn't make out the sticky-up stamen in when's photo!

Bags Sat 21-Jul-12 19:17:12

Well done, lucid. I recognised the look of it and remembered it had an unpronouncable name. We had it in Oxon as well, oxon.

Bags Sat 21-Jul-12 19:18:10

Oh, whoops! Sorry, when! grin
I did tell you I was tired after archery, didn't I?

More cake, anyone?

lucid Sat 21-Jul-12 19:49:32

Glad I could help....good to know that reference books are still useful. Yes please to the cake bags cupcake

whenim64 Sat 21-Jul-12 19:54:22

smile lucid

AlieOxon Sat 21-Jul-12 20:19:45

Thought it wasn't me....I don't have it...