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Can anyone identify this?

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Lostmyunicorn Sat 09-Jul-16 22:05:04

Hi this is my first post although I've been reading threads here for a while. I got this in a box at a fair - it's not labelled and I don't know what conditions it would like. Can anyone tell me what it is?

traviata Sun 10-Jul-16 09:28:33

I don't know but I like those leaves! <<sorry not much help>>

Lostmyunicorn Sun 10-Jul-16 13:37:53

Yes it's pretty isn't it? I'm hoping someone will come along who knows what it is so I don't inadvertently kill it by putting it in the wrong place.

Idontknowwhoiam Sun 10-Jul-16 13:40:15

I also like your tablecloth! The plant looks familiar.. I'll ask my grandfather if no one has answered by the time in get chance!

Idontknowwhoiam Sun 10-Jul-16 13:42:58

Possibly a tomato plant!

Gatekeeper Sun 10-Jul-16 13:50:53

Astilbe? A lot of them have the toothed leaf set like that

P1nkP0ppy Sun 10-Jul-16 13:53:55

I've got a bigger version of this, about 3' high, no label.
Sorry 😳

Evergreen17 Sun 10-Jul-16 13:57:22

A marygold variety

stareatthetvscreen Sun 10-Jul-16 13:59:08

yy i thought marigold too

Gatekeeper Sun 10-Jul-16 14:56:00

is the stem green and sappy or is in browner and harder? Rub one of the it pungent?

Lostmyunicorn Sun 10-Jul-16 15:28:43

I don't think it's a tomato - the leaf pattern is very sharply pointed. And it seems too elongated a leaf for a marigold. I might have to plant it and see what happens next. Thanks for all your ideas though - and the compliments on the tablecloth, it was a little kids' version of twister that they grew out of so I've upcycled it to be the garden tablecloth!

justdontevenfuckingstart Sun 10-Jul-16 15:32:16

Have tries reverse imaging but am only getting pictures that look like your tablecloth! If you take a picture with a plain background you might have some luck doing it.

Lostmyunicorn Sun 10-Jul-16 17:10:43

The stem is a dark red brown at the base and lightens into green nearer the top. It's only a tiddler of a plant so far (3inches or so) but the stem is already quite woody. Does that help narrow it down at all?

Gatekeeper Sun 10-Jul-16 19:38:11

If its woody then it wont be marigold.
does it smell ? Rub a leaf between your fingers and have a sniff

Lostmyunicorn Sun 10-Jul-16 20:12:31

They have no perceptible smell. The leaves are soft, almost velvety to the touch, but not pungent at all. It's a mystery!

stareatthetvscreen Sun 10-Jul-16 21:14:26


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Lostmyunicorn Sun 10-Jul-16 21:45:07

Thanks so much everyone - I think it might be a form of melianthus. I hadn't quite realised it might grow to 7' - I'm very short of space for shrubs - but I will try it in a largish pot and see what it does.

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