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another mystery plant.

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Fennel Sun 18-Aug-19 10:01:40

Sorry no photo. In our front garden.
The plant starts as a rosette of large dark green fleshy leaves, Then several 2ft. tall stems, with many small thistle-like flowers with a green centre. But not prickly.
I think it was there last year, but only the leaves. I've searched online but could.t find it.

EllanVannin Sun 18-Aug-19 10:30:07

Knapwort ?

Fennel Sun 18-Aug-19 11:33:48

Thanks Ellan - it's similar, but in ours the 'flowers' are green. Up to now anyway - they might change.
I'll try to persuade husband to post a photo - it's beyond my internet skills.

midgey Sun 18-Aug-19 12:54:17

Oh Fennel, never admit that!

shysal Sun 18-Aug-19 13:25:06


jura2 Sun 18-Aug-19 13:26:03


Fennel Sun 18-Aug-19 14:46:24

shysal yes it could be a kind of teasel.
I've looked it up and it says the flowers don't appear until the second year, as with ours. Maybe the flowers will turn lavender soon.
Teasel is useful in flower arrangements.
I've taken some photos and await the skill of DH.

MiniMoon Sun 18-Aug-19 15:36:37

I wondered about sedum too jura. Also sempervivum too, some of which have tall flowers.

midgey Sun 18-Aug-19 15:38:47

Next years evening primrose? The tall ones are biennial. Smell lovely....but quite a messy plant

MiniMoon Sun 18-Aug-19 15:47:01

Fennel. To post a photo is easy. You click on the paperclip icon under where you type😕. You can then take a photo with your phone or scroll through your photos to choose. Click on the photo you want, and it appears as if by magic.
Hope that's helpful, if not, just ignore me.😀

Fennel Sun 18-Aug-19 17:44:55

I think it could be sea holly.
I watched the recent Gardener's World on iplayer and it appeared and Carol mentioned it.
Wait and see how it develops.
@Minimoon thanks. My problem is how to get the picture from the camera onto the computer. I don't have a smartphone.

Hetty58 Sun 18-Aug-19 17:48:59

Fennel, just Google the make/model of camera to find out.

Fennel Mon 19-Aug-19 09:23:53

Thanks Hetty - I think I need some kind of 'Dongle'.
I used to belong to photobucket, but left when they started to charge.

shysal Mon 19-Aug-19 09:42:25

If you remove the SD card from your camera and stick it in the computer slot, you can follow the on screen prompts to load your selected photo(s). For my laptop, they then appear in Windows pictures file, which comes up when you click on 'choose file' beneath your post.

Lindsay10 Mon 19-Aug-19 10:38:53

Please can I join in here? A new plant has appeared in my garden, and I don't recognise it. Can anyone help?

GrannyMosh Mon 19-Aug-19 11:17:00

Lindsay10, could that be a strawberry that has self-seeded?

NemosMum Mon 19-Aug-19 11:17:28

Lindsay10 - that looks like a potentilla. Can be very pretty and come in shades of red, pink, orange and yellow.

maisie46 Mon 19-Aug-19 11:25:07

Lindsay10- Agree that is probably a potentilla. Very easy to grow from seed.

Nannan2 Mon 19-Aug-19 11:31:29

First pic looks like dock leaf.2nd pic is teasel(or early stages of thistle?)

Barnet Mon 19-Aug-19 11:32:49

There’s an app called Picture This available on Google Play Store. You just take a photo of the plant or flower and it’ll name it for you.

grandMattie Mon 19-Aug-19 12:19:08

Original plant is teasel. They are biennial, so you’ll have the prickly inflorescence next year.
Second plant? I think it’s a potentilla, but the weed variety!

missdeke Mon 19-Aug-19 12:26:00

OP I immediately thought of Sea Holly, I have some in my garden at the moment, Lindsay, yours could be creeping cinquefoil?

Aepgirl Mon 19-Aug-19 12:43:12

I have recently downloaded the free App ‘[email protected]’. Just take a photo of your mystery plant and it will identify it for you. Works every time.

MiniMoon Mon 19-Aug-19 15:07:38

Marsh cinquefoil looks like your picture Lindsay10. It's a wild plant, probably self seeded in your garden.

Fennel Mon 19-Aug-19 15:15:39

There are so many plant experts on here. I've been fascinated by botany since my teen years, for O level biology.