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What is this plant? Answered

My mum asked me to find out for her what this plant is. Any ideas anyone? We presume it's from one of the seeds that's fallen out of the bird feeder. She let it grow so she could find out what it is. If it helps, she lives in the SE of England. Thanks.


Good plan. Posted: http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/forums/showthread.php?p=256953#post256953

That was quick. Apparently it is Buckwheat - Fagopyrum esculentum

I didn't realize the buckwheat plant was that pretty.

I don't know, I think it is very beautiful!I like it very much!

it mite just be a young tree if seen young maple trees that look just like that plant


8 years ago

come now. i;ve seen buckwheat... you;re looking at alfalfa

Surely you jest. Alfalfa, indeed. This is clearly Micky - look at the stripes!

Judging from the size of the plant in your picture and allowing for time (you originally posted in June; it is now September) I believe that you have a Parus caeruleus on your property. Due to the proximity of the bird feeder, I'm sure you will agree that this was the source - bird seed! You should expect migratory behavior with the changing weather this time of year. However, with some luck and a bit of patience, you may see the little fellow again in the spring.

its been answered many time but buckwheat, we live in derby in a field it grows like the dickens wrote. :)

I am not exactly sure but it could be some kind of ivy.


7 years ago

This looks like a job for Gardener's Question Time! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qp2f

find your local ffa chapter (future farmers of america) the tudent organizization of this has to know a ton of different plants usually only the plants native to your state( or country) but in america you can ask ffa professors for assistance or go talk to a local flower shop.

Unfortunately, FFA only operates in the USA and the poster said the photo is from the south east of England, so I don't think they'll be able to help .

Don't the people who assume everyone lives in America really annoy you sometimes?

 red stemmed dogwood tree looks like it is still a sapling

That's what we thought but the leaves are the wrong shape. These are heart shaped, dogwood has lozenge/diamond shaped leaves.


May i ask where you live and if you have seen the plant around anywhere else that may indicate that it is native?

I don't think it's native, I've not seen it before. The photograph was taken in West Sussex, England.

I thought Kew Gardens might offer advice / identification of plants if you sent in a photo, but this is what they say in their FAQs: Plant & gardening enquiries Unfortunately Kew cannot answer gardening questions over the phone or by mail. There are some great resources available online: The BBC web-site provides information for a wide number of queries - see www.bbc.co.uk/gardening For tree advice try www.treehelp.info who run a tree helpline

I think it might be Buckwheat too, the strange thing is its not grown there at all, the closest mass production is mid-France and its really common in China. It grows well in drained soil, that's also acidic soil and its sometimes used for feed."Possibly Bird Seed"

Any idea anyone?

I'm not sure sorry. Just a standard one for wild birds IIRC.

I am sorry to say that this is not a plant at all. Without doubt it's a metal bird feeder wrapped in red, green and white stuff.

Ahhh! Of course! You are right :p

I'm sure I'm ridiculously late to the conversation, but I'm also curious.  I have no idea what it is, but I've had similar sorts of plants in my yard too.  I just rip them out as I find them.  Are there horticultural extension offices or master gardener programs or something like that in England?  Here you can contact a local garden/horticultural program with a photo and ask for plant identification.  You can also ask on Dave's Garden, but you need a subscription to post on the forums.

It's obviously a three-way mutant, with the stems of a Red-Barked Dogwood, the flowers of a Queen Anne's lace, and the leaves of  a Moonflower. :)

I've got no earthly idea, even after using SMART's plantfinder link, and googling a bit for a Cornus-Daucus-Ipomoea love-child/sport. I can only suggest that you or your Mum take a stem (with at least one leaf & flower, if at all possible) along with your photos to some sort of "Stump the Expert Gardener" event; or at least to a local plant nursery with a knowledgeable staff.