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Re: Plant identification

Message from maggie

In forum: Container gardening

The first one is Basil, the second and third ones are Parsley. The upright one is a dreadful weed that has a pink flower and then fluffs all over the garden. Pull them out before it flowers. I still get problems anf I'm always pulling them out at a tiny nursery near me. They are most grateful! Maggie.

  • Posted: Mon. 2nd September 2019 13:07

Re: Autumn/WintIer Gardening & fruit plant

Message from Anna Hamilton

In forum: Recommended gardening books


There are various herbs you can plant in winter. One is Rosemary/ It grows all year round and in garden lingo it means a perennial herb.

Others to look at include

Parsley. ...
Thyme. ...
Winter savory. ...

I found out hints and tips about gardening here:


Loads of stuff in the news section that is great for all gardeners.

  • Posted: Fri. 19th January 2018 14:21

Re: Are these peppers??

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

Has it got a square stem> if you planted it, could it be basil, you should be able to smell it if it is, don't eat unless you compare it with the real thing.

  • Posted: Mon. 10th July 2017 12:02

Can anybody identify this plant please?

Question from Victoria Lewis-Jones

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi, my wife planted a load of seeds from a mixed herb pack, and although most have come up as we'd expected (basil, rocket, chives), this one has come up with them! It looks weedy to me, with its spiky leaves and thick spiky stem, but the flowers that have come through on it are not what I'm used to seeing in local weeds. Is it some kind of herb, or just a really pretty weed?

  • Posted: Sat. 1st July 2017 08:44

Re: Tall, feathery leaves

Message from Steve

In forum: Identify a plant

Thanks for the replies! Looking at the pics on the web it does look like a Rhus Typhina, my only doubt is that there are no suckers anywhere to be seen, all those stems are from the single shrub but several have fallen over. I have seen another one a few streets away and its about 12ft tall.

This is located in Essex, near Basildon,heavy clay, ph5.5. Its planted in full shade, north facing, which is totally incorrect according to this site and RHS (if its a Rhus). In the wrong place its still got a lot of growth on it, it's been coppiced (see pic), To my mind it's had its heart ripped out by this hard pruning but this site does say coppicing is an option.
Should i dig it up and move it to the other side of the garden? If so, when and should i hard prune it back before i move it?
I'm finding i'm having to move an awful lot in this garden as the previous owners didn't bother with conditions!

  • Posted: Wed. 5th October 2016 21:01

Bitter Basil

Comment from Sue Petty

In forum: Ocimum basilicum

Maybe it has something to do with the soil or it maybe because you are growing the plant too hard, eg: not watering/in the wrong position etc.

  • Posted: Thu. 9th June 2016 12:38

What is this growing in my Mizuna?

Question from Alex

In forum: Identify a plant

I see that some Mizuna do have yellow flowering tops, but, the leaves are round, it's starting to look more like my basil plant but with incredibly thick stems.
So any help with this would be very much appreciated, thank you.

  • Posted: Fri. 13th May 2016 11:54

Any idea what this is? Said basil on the seed packet...

Message from Karl Aa

In forum: Identify a plant

Perhaps some kind of sage? Have you tasted?

  • Posted: Fri. 8th April 2016 19:36

Any idea what this is? Said basil on the seed packet...

Question from Patrick Stubbs

In forum: Identify a plant


I planted some basil seeds but this doesn't look loke basil to me!

Would really appreciate it if anyone could help me identify...

Thank you

  • Posted: Fri. 8th April 2016 08:00

Re: Can you help identify this ?

Message from Botanic Jewels Design

In forum: Identify a plant

Clearer photo of whole plant and one leaf in better light required to identify this plant... which appears to have ovate spotted white leaves. Are the leaves thick or thick? Glossy or matt? Do you mean the flowers are violet - if so, how big and what form do these take?? Was original plant growing in full sun or partial shade?? Is it a climber??

There also appear to be two possible basil seedlings in the pot!? These do not look like young leaves of main plant from this photo.....

  • Posted: Mon. 8th February 2016 18:47

Re: Basil invader! Unknown plant!!

Message from Samantha Jane

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi Sarah,
I may be completely wrong, but to me it just looks like the flowering stage of Ocimum basilicum, "Basil" to me.
I have attached a photo off the Internet for you to help.
Best wishes,
Samantha Jane

  • Posted: Fri. 10th July 2015 20:29

Re: Basil invader! Unknown plant!!

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

looks like lambs quarters or an amaranth, I think they eat the leaves, not sure though. The leaves look different , it could still be an amaranth.

  • Posted: Fri. 10th July 2015 17:14

Basil invader! Unknown plant!!

Comment from Sarah

In forum: Identify a plant

Can somebody help us identify this plant that has invaded our potted Basil on our balcony? Not sure if it was sold to us with the invading plant in situ or if a bird has dropped a random seed. Can anybody help identify it? We were thinking maybe a sunflower? Thanks!

  • Posted: Fri. 10th July 2015 15:57

Re: What is this?

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Identify a plant

HI, Rosemary,
I'm not certain but it looks like Rhododendron leaf buds. At first I thought Rhododendron basilicum but the leaves look a little too small to be that. Any sign of flowers?
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 11th May 2015 17:03

My basil tastes bitter!

Comment from Shatish Tailor

In forum: Ocimum basilicum

My basil tastes bitter! What is the cause?

  • Posted: Tue. 9th September 2014 12:51

Re: any one know what these plants are

Message from JodieH

In forum: Identify a plant

The second last is basil and the last is coriander. You can be sure by smell, they will be strong and can be compared to herbs from the greengrocers.

  • Posted: Wed. 26th February 2014 08:48

Anyone have any idea what this plant is?

Question from dissentinglemming

In forum: Identify a plant

I have searched to the edge of sanity to try and figure out what this plant is. I found it in Central Florida, USA in the beginning "winter". The mother plant that I took the cutting from was standing about 8-9 ft (2.5m) tall -- one single stem-- in front of an apartment complex that had mostly dead Crotons and gravel. So this thing was deliberately planted a while ago, probably by some transient, then left to fend for itself.

It has pleasantly fuzzy leaves, gentler than those of comfrey or sage, but less fluffy than lambs ears. Both the leaves and stem, when blemished or broken, smell pretty dank, very much like (don't judge me) marijuana. The flavor is very bitter -- would probably make a great astringent.

It flowers purple in the same way that Basil or Sage would.

I've planted them in full sun and full shade and they do well everywhere. The cuttings are incredibly easy to propagate. As a matter of fact, in the process of training them to grow only to 4 or 5 feet, the cuttings I left to rot grew into new plants. They also bush out when cut back to 5 feet or less.

It was exposed to frost several times this winter, and there was no die-back. So they're at least zone 8 hearty.

Anybody have a clue what this may be?

  • Posted: Mon. 24th February 2014 13:26

Taking cuttings - bad experience with fibre pots

Comment from Kevin Pfeiffer

In forum: Container gardening

I took cuttings three weeks ago from my 'Magic Blue' African Basil (see elsewhere in Forum) and placed them in water with a few pieces of broken willow twig ("willow water"). One week later nice roots.

I then planted these into peat fibre pots ("peat reduced" it says on the packaging) using a small piece of wetted kitchen paper towel folded over the fragile roots. The cuttings took fine, but almost immediately the outside of these fibre pots became covered in a fuzzy white mould, which then quickly spread to the surface of the planting mix.

Scouting the Web (largely pot growers, it seems) I see that others have also had bad experiences with these pots. I just finished transplanting my rooted cuttings one more time, into small (10 cm) plastic pots and then threw the remainder of these fibre pots into the compost bin.

  • Posted: Sat. 9th November 2013 12:21

Re: Re: Ocimum 'African Blue' (Basil)

Message from Natalia

In forum: Ocimum 'African Blue'

It's alright ... doesn't bother me. )))

  • Posted: Tue. 3rd September 2013 08:28

Re: Ocimum 'African Blue' (Basil)

Message from Kevin Pfeiffer

In forum: Ocimum 'African Blue'

Will do. (Hah, just laughing at my poorly phrased sentence above: "the fragant flowers... will not bother you".

  • Posted: Mon. 2nd September 2013 19:38