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By Carjam

Hampshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi, Bamboo, Spritzhenry, Stevebuk, ref our discussions on my unknown plant, CHOISYA/CHOSIYA, on 9 Jul. Here is one for you all, on that photo, there was a weed showing through, can you now tell me what it is, see the photo on my slide show???? We used the stems as pea shooters when we where kids?????

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20 Jul, 2010


No - I couldn't, either. We seem to have lost the question numbers, too - have you noticed?

20 Jul, 2010


They didn't seem all that useful - I couldn't find a way of looking up question no xxxxx when someone referred to it.

Guest, why not join GoY then you can post questions and follow up with further comments etc on the same thread. I think you'll need to post the pic again with the question put clearly, there are scores of questions on here every day and it's impossible to remember one from a few, or even several, days before.

20 Jul, 2010


You entered the number in the search box and up it came Beattie and I found it very useful.

21 Jul, 2010


Well if they ever come back Drc726 I'll know how to find a particular question now.:-)

21 Jul, 2010



21 Jul, 2010


I do remember the Choisya photo, but you've asked this question as a Guest - we have no way of finding the new photo, as its not with your question because guests don't have a home page showing photographs.

21 Jul, 2010


Hi, Bamboo, Spritzhenry and Stevebuck, you must remember that first photo, there was quite a discussion on it and the right spelling. have put the old photo, and, new question photo, on site tonight.

22 Jul, 2010


The first one is our native Common Hogweed, (Heracleum sphondylium).

22 Jul, 2010


Hogweed - really not a good idea to use the stems as peashooters - I've had a photochemical reaction to the sap. I'd get rid of it before the seeds get everywhere.

Re the choisya, I can't make out what the plant growing up through it is.

22 Jul, 2010


I can't make out the plant growing through the Choisya either.

Beattie, was this the Giant Hogweed (H. mantegazzianum) or this native one (H. sphondylium) that caused the reaction?

23 Jul, 2010


That other weed appears to have white or pale green flowers, I think. Is it climbing, Carjam, or an erect stem?

23 Jul, 2010


It was about 5 feet high growing under trees, so I didn't think it was Giant Hogweed. I thought that grew taller. It did have bristly stems though & I've always been careful chopping it down.

23 Jul, 2010


Not sure of how different the two species are regarding toxicity or photochemical sensitivity on skin (apart from the Giant being bad). A little research has yielded info on our native that the young emergent shoots at least when cooked can be eaten with meat as a side veg. It may well develop toxicity as it develops though and of course raw may be worse.

A plant that is often cited as I'm sure you will know is Hemlock (Conium maculatum) that used to kill. There was the odd case over the years of children choosing this particular Ubellifer for their pea shooters to their cost, luckily the reddish spotting and distinct smell gives it way. Children nowadays probably wouldn't know this of course....but then again, why do this when there is probably a pea shooter game online!

23 Jul, 2010


Hi, Fractal, Bamboo, Beattie and Spritzhenry, It seems that with could have question and answers to the. The orignal photo was named by several of you as Choisya or Chiosya??? Poking thro the bush was the plant/weed, which i have taken as new photo, as i have several in the garden. The branch coming down onto the Choisya, was from a tree growing next to it. Hope this clear up the slight confusion, etc, thanks for you help, the weeds 3 of them have now been dug up???

23 Jul, 2010

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