Huge weed like some sort of wild rhubarb?

(29 Posts)
No19 Thu 22-May-08 09:38:53

Does anyone know what this is? Leaves are like huge canopies over a thick rhubarby stem with teeny weeny prickles. It's up at thigh height at the moment and I am torn between admiration and determination to exterminate.

Hathor Thu 22-May-08 09:46:47


No19 Thu 22-May-08 09:58:03

Oh... interesting.

So not actually a weed then.

boris09 Thu 22-May-08 10:34:53


snorkle Thu 22-May-08 10:43:36

I've seen this - it has a wierd and to my mind rather unpleasant smell, but it is spectacular.

No19 Thu 22-May-08 13:56:12

It certainly looks like gunnera, the only thing confusing me is that on the BBC entry for it is has "Skill Level - Experienced" and this has sprung up in a patch left completely untended since last spring!

MadBadandDangeroustoKnow Thu 22-May-08 22:53:51

What a mystery! Is this a new house and garden? Or has it crept in from next door? Your garden obviously has perfect conditions for it!

No19 Fri 23-May-08 11:22:06

The house is new to us since last spring, I don't think it's crept in because of its position, at the front, behind a tallish wall.

I have posted a slightly wobbly photo apols for quality, took it with phone.

SaintGeorgeasaurus Fri 23-May-08 11:26:24

That was weirdly weird.

I clicked on your link, was asked to log on, then got pictures of Tech!

The ran-away-to-US-and-left-us-Tech shock.

So I came back to the thread and clicked again and saw a picture of your plant.

All very strange.


...difficult to get an idea of proper scale, but looks too small to be gunnera to me.

geekgirl Fri 23-May-08 11:28:36

oooh me too, very weird

GentleOtter Fri 23-May-08 11:32:24

It looks a bit like hogweed and if it is for gods sake don't touch it or let the children near it.
Have you a neighbour with a garden who could come and do an ident? Failing that, your nearest Tech college will have a horticultural dept and someone could do an ident for you.

No19 Fri 23-May-08 11:38:12

GentleOtter I have my marmee who will identify for me next time I see her, she is my gardening guru.

Bloody bloody bloody have googled bloody hogweed and its bloody phototoxicity. Also wikipedia says near rivers (we have one on other side of road). Is what boris said at start of thread but I got all excited about winning prizes at horticultural shows.

No19 Fri 23-May-08 11:38:45

What is exTech doing hiding in my hogweed????

snorkle Fri 23-May-08 11:44:24

that doesn't look like the gunnera I've seen. Afraid I think it could be hogweed too.

btw I had the tech thing too, most odd.

nervousal Fri 23-May-08 11:44:41

giant hogweed

DisplacementActivity Fri 23-May-08 11:45:06

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nervousal Fri 23-May-08 11:47:06

and here

No19 Fri 23-May-08 11:49:41


It's like some sort of evil alien which sprays innocent-looking sap at earthlings.

Effects on one person of getting sap on arm:

A few hours later, Barton broke out in deep, burning blisters that required intravenous antibiotics and cortisone shots and took a month to heal. “I still have purple scars all over my arms that look like cigarette burns,” she says.

No19 Fri 23-May-08 11:51:49

If it had been previously unknown wild rhubard I could have been making jam by now, instead of googling these in maternity sizes.

DisplacementActivity Fri 23-May-08 12:10:24

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solo Fri 23-May-08 12:13:15

I thought Gunera.

No19 Fri 23-May-08 12:18:15

I know. Imagine how my poisonjam Christmas presents would have gone down, in their innocent little gingham caps.

Tech (MNHQ) Fri 23-May-08 13:48:56

I like to ensure I ain't forgotten, innit.

SaintGeorgeasaurus Fri 23-May-08 13:51:43

'ello Tech smile

How is the US of A treating you then?

iMum Fri 23-May-08 13:54:53

OOOoH I got tech too!

How odd

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