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Anyone know what this is?

Postby Westi » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:27 pm

Found this on the allotment, never seen one before & liked the reddish stalks so let it grow & now I have this with these prickles on it! Still quite attractive so may see it to the end but haven't a clue & it's overwhelming looking on the web for weeds!

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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby Primrose » Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:59 pm

Hmm, my first thought was it might be some deviant of sea holly given your location but I googled photos of that and it has few similarities apart from a thistly bit. . I think I might have seen something rather similar growing on scrublands near the pebbled beaches in Sussex which made me think t might be some seaside weed but afraid I haven,t been able to nail it down either.
If all else fails Kew Botanical gardens might be able to identify it for you, or possibly the RHS if you have a membership number you can quote. .
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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby Monika » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:01 pm

It's Datura stramonium or thorn apple, Westi. Turns up occasionally in hot summers. There is lots of info if you google it.
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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby Geoff » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:09 pm

If you don't get chance to research the key point is:
"Although quite a striking plant, it is as well to be aware that all parts, particularly the seeds, are highly poisonous. It belongs to the Solanaceae, a family which includes the potato and tobacco, and many members of this family contain toxic substances".
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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby Beryl » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:06 pm

I looked it up on the RHS website Westie. Maybe you should think twice about keeping it however attractive.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=536

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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby retropants » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:59 am

yep, Datura, toxic and quite the bully. Once you have them, they seem to pop up everywhere!
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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:11 pm

Yes poisonous weed, we sometimes get them in the hen run. I've not seen any for a while. I did notice quite a few hemp like seedlings this morning though - doesn't smell as strong as cannabis so probably not illegal. It's interesting what comes up in the mixed bird seed.
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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby Westi » Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:12 pm

Out it goes then before those seed pods burst open!

Thanks Everyone!

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Re: Anyone know what this is?

Postby grannydrums » Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:27 am

Glad I saw this, I had one growing last year under the bird feeder, I left it because I thought it was unusual and quite striking, and it died down last winter. Now I know its poisonous I will remove any more that pop up.
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