weed or plant

grice38May 14, 2014

hi

Can anyone tell me if this is a weed or plant please. I have posted before but the photo wasn't very clear, hope this one is clearer. It was found behind my shed!
Many thanks

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castro_gardener

does it bloom ? Looks a little like the alchemilla I just saw on another post.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 2:17PM
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grice38

hi

Not sure, this is how we have found it. Put it in a pot to see how it comes along.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 4:27PM
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Elly_NJ(NJ z6)

Mayapple?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 7:02PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I have been holding back on this one because it is proving so frustrating. I cannot reconcile it with any UK wild plant that I know. Can I ask some more questions?
Could you post a picture of the location you found it in? Surrounding plants might provide a clue. Also could you say if any herbicides have been used round the back of the shed? I am wondering if it is an aberrant form of something. And finally could you either describe or show the roots?

I've never seen May Apple, Podophyllum peltatum. It's not native here and is very unusual in gardens available only from specialist nurseries. But it's a possibility.

This one's intriguing.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 6:29AM
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suemcwirraluk

Astrantia?

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 1:45PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Astrantia was something I thought of too but the leaves seem rather deformed if it is that. More pictures at a later stage are needed.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 2:40PM
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grice38

hi
Thanks for all the suggestions, I have taken it out of the pot not sure if this picture is clear enough.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 3:42PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Hi again, Grice. I just went out in the dusk and grovelled around looking at the base of my Astrantia and there is a similarity. Have you got Astrantia anywhere else in the garden?

Keep the pix coming as it develops. The game's afoot.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 3:52PM
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grice38

hi

Thanks again for the suggestions, no i haven't any Astania in the garden. i will keep taking pictures!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 4:31AM
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grice38

hi

This is my plant now, is it an Astania?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 4:00PM
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donna_in_sask

100% Astrantia aka masterwort

(forgot the "t"!)

This post was edited by Donna.in.Sask on Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 18:27

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 5:09PM
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suemcwirraluk

Astrantia major.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 6:13PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

And a lovely healthy specimen of it. Thanks for coming back to us with the end of the story. Astrantia major - a nice garden plant but also a (rare) British native.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:53AM
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grice38

Thanks for all the help and suggestions along the way. Glad we got to the bottom of it.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2014 at 4:08PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX(8b)

What a beautiful plant it turned out to be! And very happy and healthy looking.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 2:33AM
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