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What is it?

Posted by DavidNale Scotland (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 8, 14 at 14:25

Just bought this house a few months ago and was surprised to discover this suddenly sprouting up.
Looks like a cross between rhubarb and asparagus with a little triffid tossed in.
What is it?


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RE: What is it?

Epilobium?


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RE: What is it?

Best (and only) answer so far, but a quick look at pictures of Epilobium don't look right.
The main stalk is fleshy...

This post was edited by DavidNale on Sat, Mar 8, 14 at 15:06


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RE: What is it?

How about Lythrum then?


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RE: What is it?

there is a Paeonia tenuifolia (which I haven`t grown myself), but I am afraid, the leaves are somewhat too coarse on your plant.

You have us all puzzled and bewildered, it is a weird plant one would easily remember or recognize.

I think the stems are to fleshy/ thick for Lythrum.

If nothing helpful comes up, you could post pics in 3 weeks of the foliage, that could be easier to ID.

Well, good luck, bye, Lin


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RE: What is it?

The majority opinion, taking responses from here and elsewhere, seems to be some sort of peony.
A suggestion concerning asking the Head Gardener of Hogwarts is a classic... Any of you have his number? Or, for that matter, that of the Propmaster 0f Little Shop of Horrors.
Stay tuned... It continues to grow and a person on GardenWeb thinks identification will be easier once the foliage appears and/or the thing blooms.
(I could ask the previous owner, but that sort-of takes the fun out of it.)


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RE: What is it?

Peony (new growth) ?

Last picture, first row.

Here is a link that might be useful: Peony, new growth


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RE: What is it?

Spring shoots of Euphorbia spp..
Here's an example (not necessarily this species); see second photo down in this link:
http://dangergarden.blogspot.ca/2012/03/spring-if-only-for-few-days.html


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RE: What is it?

My money would be on Euphorbia, possibly E griffithii 'Fireglow', a widely grown one.

This post was edited by floral_uk on Mon, Mar 10, 14 at 8:49


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RE: What is it?

The E griffithii would explain the growth pattern of the stems or distribution in the border, as they spread by short rhizomes.

For Paronias the shoots are somehow not clumped enough.


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RE: What is it?

I'm with Flora I think she nailed it :).


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RE: What is it?

I agree with Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'. Now that I have a name to search, I am finding pictures that strongly resemble what I have growing.
This was my first posting on this forum and I am impressed with how well it has worked.
Many thanks to you all for your suggestions.
I will add pictures to this thread as the plant grows.


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