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Mystery plant - wild flower perhaps?

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Trunky, Sep 12, 2018 at 7:31 PM.

  1. Trunky

    Trunky ...who nose about gardening

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    This has popped up in my garden, growing near the base of a hedge and I've no idea what it is. I'm thinking possibly a native wild plant but what is it?

    It's about 2-2½ feet tall (60-75cm), the leaves are up to 6ins (15cm) long at their largest. The flowers are tiny, green in colour and born on racemes which are 4-5 ins in length. The individual flowers are no more than 3 or 4mm in diameter. Neither the leaves or flowers have any scent which I can detect.

    Any suggestions?

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    Not a native that I recognise :dunno:
     
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    Could it be ragweed, if it is don't thank me I've run it through an app on my phone, not 100% but quite useful.
     
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    I think it looks very similar to ragweed :scratch:
     
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    Sorry yes @mazambo and @Tetters Ragweed yes,not sure why I went to the Ragwort family. :rolleyespink:
     
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    Thanks for that @mazambo and @Tetters It's definitely Ragweed. Not a native so that's probably why I didn't recognize it. Often turns up in bird seed apparently and produces lots of pollen so can cause autumn hay fever.
    Wondered why I had a sneezing fit out in the garden yesterday! :sick0026: :scratch:

    Apparently the seeds are very popular with birds so I'll probably leave it there for a while.
     
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      It is one of the worst plants for causing hay fever, and can create havoc for some poor souls. Evidently it produces huge amounts of pollen.
       
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      Trunky...any chance of more pics to show the flower buds fully open.
       

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