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Help what is it?


By sueb


Does anyone recognise this plant? My Sister gave me some seeds from the plant growing on her friends wall apparently it’s a climber and is as tall as the house before I plant it I think it would be wise to find out what it is. It was in the garden when the friend moved in!

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Looks like some sort of tree seedling to me.

7 May, 2011


Thanks Scotkat.... Could be, not sure at all what it is I am keeping it in a pot for now.

7 May, 2011


Could it be one of the Parthenocissus group? From what you say and the shape of the top leaves, that's my guess.

7 May, 2011


Thank you spritzhenry for your suggestion but it is not, the answer was under my nose all the time!
Would you believe it. I am reading Carol Klein ‘Life in a Cottage Garden” Page 86 there is a photo of my little plants at exactly the same stage they are Ricinus communis ! it belongs to the euphorbia family, a sub-tropical plant. I phoned my sister and asked what aspect the plant on her friend’s house was … south facing in a sheltered spot consequently, it has grown to a height of 15 feet It’s not a climber after all more of a perennial.

The book is a excellent read!

8 May, 2011


Interesting - will pick up a copy - I've got her vegetable book and its extremely useful.

9 May, 2011


Sussexsarah ~ I got mine through best price. £11.49 with free p&p. I also have her veg book. like you say very good!

9 May, 2011


Thanks for the ID - I'm growing Ricinus in the greenhouse at the moment, but they haven't reached that stage yet - I do hope they don't get to that height! Eeek! :-O

By the way, they're tender, so you'll need to collect the seeds if you want to grow them next year. They're also highly toxic - all parts.

9 May, 2011


Hi Spritz.. I have been reading up on them. I have seen that they are toxic, not so good. I plan to put them at the back of the border well away from harms reach (the grandchildren). Have you grown them before? From the pictures I’ve seen they look spectacular.
Well I think this is the opportunity for a bit of friendly competition. Who can grow the tallest! Although, if they grow above the garden fence hacksaw hubby may have to be let out of his study. (He's just started another OU course so he will leave my garden alone for the rest of the summer.....I hope!).

9 May, 2011


No, I've wanted to, but I got seeds for the first time this year. I have two sorts - one is a dark-leaved variety...should look good, I hope! :-)

9 May, 2011


Mine is the light leaved one. The dark leaved one sounds lovely. Of course it's going to look good. Its exciting growing something new and unknown I am amazed at how quickly they are growing.

10 May, 2011

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