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What is this please?

  • What is this please?
  • What is this please?

It is getting bigger by the day,very fast speading and would love to know what it is? Many thanks

Comments (16)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    It looks rather like Mallow.... I can't quite see the leaf sinus clearly enough to tell if it is acute or not, but it could also be Hollyhock (Alcea). Or possibly a Geum?

    When you say "fast spreading", do you mean this one plant in a pot is filling up, or do you mean that it is popping up all over your garden?

  2. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    My initial thought was a Geum but since Rachel is far more knowledgeable than me I'd listen to her before you take my advice :)

  3. Grower

    Suzi

    Hi Rachel & Angie, many thanks for that.I will try and add another photo. It is spreading rapidly just within the pot,i have tried to separate it but roots were very tough.( I managed to get a small piece off into another pot)

  4. Grower

    Suzi

    Maybe these photos are clearer..

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  5. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Ooh, I'm still not sure... could be a large Geum, could still be Alcae, or Mallow: at least I can suggest that it's less likely to be the weed Geum urbanum, as that rarely grows this densely.

    What were the roots like, Suzi? Were they rather dry-looking white-ish things, tough to cut? Was the main root one hunking great big thing? That would suggest Alcea.

    It's really hard to ID from photos! Even with the house bricks in the background for some sense of scale, it's very difficult to get a "feel" for how robust or otherwise the leaves are.

    At least, if it's growing so quickly, there might be flowers soon!!

  6. Grower

    Suzi

    Haha !! The root was not one lump thing but several dry very tough long ish type.
    Thank you so much for your help again,at least it's been narrowed down as i had no clue....
    I forgot about scale in the photos,will do better to show that next time ; )
    Ahh, was really hoping for some kind of flowers to appear !

  7. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Now I can't wait for it to flower!! Please, please, take photos as soon as it starts to, and tell us all about it!

  8. Grower

    Suzi

    Will do !! :)

  9. Grower

    Susie Edwards

    Can I throw another name into the mix....tellima grandiflora? not certain the leaves are quite round 'enough' but mine vary a bit.

  10. Grower

    Suzi

    Hi Susie, Many thanks for that - I just googled it! Yes that's a possibility,though it's says it flowers May- July and no flowers yet :(

  11. Grower

    Susie Edwards

    The leaves of tellima do turn a lovely red bronze on the autumn so that may be another clue a bit later on. It seems a very mature plant so as it has not flowered I may be barking up the wrong tree ( sorry plant!) I shall be interested to see what happens!

  12. Grower

    Suzi

    Oh how lovely! Haha! Ok,I will keep posting any new clues for sure ;)

  13. Grower

    Suzi

    Update photo..3 tiny pale orange flowers finally...

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  14. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    Definitely a Guem then.

  15. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Well, this one certainly looks like a Geum: this may be a silly question, but it is it the same plant as the original photos? There, the large leaves were completely filling the pot, whereas this is a much smaller plant, and does not fill the pot.

    I only ask because the leaves here are different from the original ones: can you see how they have split into lobes, there's now three parts to each leaf, whereas in the first photos they were just one, roundish, leaf. Also, in the first photos the margins have rather rounded teeth, whereas this one has quite sharply pointed teeth. I didn't think that Geum leaves changed that much as they grew - but then again, I haven't really observed Geum leaves that closely!

  16. Grower

    Suzi

    Many thanks Rachel & Angie : )
    It is the same plant but i repotted it last year as it was spreading out of control.I split it in two and put them in 2 pots. They disappeared right down in autumn and started to emerge Feb/March but so far only a hint of flowers...


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