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Hi,
Found in Etherow Country Park near Compstall, Cheshire.
About 100mm (4") high at the moment with all over purplish colouring.
Seems to be in flower so do not expect for it to gain much height.
Ground is moist as is between two water courses.
Many of these plants in the near locality spaced about 600mm (2 feet) apart which may be the result of a special planting.
Probably a well known plant, but not to me. I worry about them coz as I pass near to them they say "Feed Me Seymour".
Hope you can help. Best regards, Brian

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  • Posted: Wed. 24th April 2013 22:52

Re: Please help name this plant for me.

Reply from ELAINE HUTSON

Check and see if it is petasites , there are a few varieties, they love damp areas and spread like mad.

  • Posted: Wed. 24th April 2013 22:54

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Reply from Brian

Hi Elaine,
Thanks for your reply.
The only reference to petasites on this site is for Petasites japonicus (Sweet coltsfoot).
The description for this is not as for my foundling.
If you click on the photo in my post you will see better the shape of the plant which is only 4 inches tall and about 2 & half inches diameter.
Maybe I am not looking in the right place. Can you help in this.
Best regards, Brian

  • Posted: Wed. 1st May 2013 03:32

Re: Re: Please help name this plant for me.

Reply from Brian

Hello again Elaine.
Well, I looked up Petasites on Wikipedia and up popped a photo with the name Petasites hybridus (Butterbur).
The accompanying photo looked almost exactly like mine and I can see that they are probably the same type.
Thank you so much for your direction in finding a solution to my quest. You're a Star.
Best regards. Brian

  • Posted: Wed. 1st May 2013 04:00

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Reply from Brian

Went to Daisy Nook today, a local beauty spot near Ashton-under-Lyne.
There I saw more of these things.
Here they were now some 400mm high and the clump of the flower head had extended along with the stem. (See photo 2).
They were everywhere. More and more were seen along the damp slopes of the woodland and as I progressed along the paths ever more were appearing before me - all chanting "Feed me Seymour".
They are here - now!
They are hungry!
Don't sleep. Be vigilant.
Keep watching the skys.......

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd May 2013 20:49