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6ft weed?

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Ruth82, Jul 11, 2021.

  1. Ruth82

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    Hi folks there is this really tall weed in my parents garden about 6foot. looks like it could have been a teasel but the flower heads have come out not a teasel. And possibly some eggs on the tip. Not much look on the internet an old book suggest cudweed. Should probably wait till the flowers come out but so curious

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    It looks like it i not sure someone might know but are the Stems and undersides of leaves white and hairy. ?And when it flowers theFlowers are tannish-white with brown or purple bracts.
     
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    • pete

      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      I've seen it around but don't know what it is. :smile:
       
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        Please add new pics to show the open flowers.
         
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          Hmmm... it could have been Wild Lettuce but that has yellow flowers and these buds look pink. Wild Lettuce can grow 2m tall.

          Some picks from Google:



          Lactuca virosa - Wikipedia

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          • Scrungee

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            I've seen it (or something very similar) growing locally at a location where a 'green' environmental cycleway went straight through the best wildflower patch around the village, and where I'd seen 18 species of butterfly.

            After it was constructed, imported topsoil (containing a mixture of arable plants/weeds) was spread around and boring twiggy groundcover planting added, which was quickly swamped by 'guerilla gardeners' :th scifD36: chucking handfulls of wildflower seeds around which totally overwhelmed the boring, traditional planting scheme.

            So it's origins are somewhat obscure. I'll have look in the next couple of days to see if it's still there and is identical.
             
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            • Ruth82

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              Thank you folks
              The underside ridge of the leaf and stalk are a bit prickly.
              The wild lettuce looks a good bet so will remove it once it comes to flower. One plant is interesting don't think we need a whole garden full of them.
              Will post a pic of it in flower soon!
               
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              I think it's defo a lactuca, maybe serriola. Never seen one that big cos I've normally oiked it out by then
               
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                Like this? They are also growing on an overgrown allotment plot.


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              • Janet mahay

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                Hi as the underside of the stem and leaves are prickly and not hairy thats not cudweed it does look more like wild lettuce i looked on the net and it said the flowers are mainly yellow but they can also be a blueish colour and usually flower in September but can grow up to 7ft tall so better wait and see
                 
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