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This leaf is so familiar, but I just can't place it... So far, there are no flower buds on it, it's fairly shallow-rooted, about 6 inches high (could get taller, though!). At first glance it looks Ground Elder-ish, but definitely isn't. Think it's perennial, but haven't worked in this garden long enough to know, yet.

Sorry, only have one photo of it.

Thanks in advance for any help offered :o)

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PLEASE help me ID this plant! (04/05/2011)

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  • Posted: Wed. 4th May 2011 20:52

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Reply from Herbietea

Hi, I'm afraid I can't help with what this is but I too would love to know. Pulled it all out last year when it was tiny thinking it was ground elder but this year it's further along and looks exactly like your photo, so is not ground elder (unless some relation). Will watch to see how it develops

  • Posted: Wed. 24th April 2013 20:39

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Reply from Herbietea

Whilst watching this Sarah Raven video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR1WKbpU-rg
she showed Smyrnium Perfoliatum, a triennial which she says a lot of people rip out, thinking it's ground elder.... After Googling images of the plant (you need to look for images showing lower leaves as upper ones are more circular), I think this is the mystery plant.

Re: PLEASE help me ID this plant! (27/04/2013)

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  • Posted: Sat. 27th April 2013 11:23

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Reply from Jane de Silva

I'm pretty sure that's Astrantia maxima (I expect youll have discovered that by now - it must have flowered!) I don't have a photo of the young foliage, but here's one of the flower, which has rather stiffer bracts than the Astrantia major varieties. It can be rather invasive (not unlike ground elder!)

Hope this helps...

Jane
www.norfolkcottagegarden.co.uk

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  • Posted: Tue. 14th January 2014 11:49