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By Nanjo

WITNEY, United Kingdom Gb

Hi all, brain picking time again ! My daughter has an unidentified plant/weed that has appeared in her garden,she knows she didn't plant it. It is about 8ins tall at the moment and we think it looks rather nice..any ideas please ?




Well, it looks like a form of elder, sambucus nigra f. laciniata (fern-leafed elder), which does occasionally pop up. I have a huge tree of the same which sprouted behind my pond years ago. The way to tell - pinch off a small piece of leaf and crush it. Smell it. If it has a strong sort of earthy or rank smell, then it probably is elder. Let's do that bit first and we'll discuss further if it is!

20 Jun, 2013


Wow Worthy, you are good !Just text my daughter so will get back to you when she has 'performed' her bit. :-)

20 Jun, 2013


Well she's done her 'bit' and it is definately earthy.She is impressed by the quick response, thanks.

21 Jun, 2013

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