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What is growing in my back garden?

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Twims Fri 29-May-09 18:25:04

what is this growing in our garden? It is at least 4.5ft tall going on 5ft in height. It has large leaves almost like rhubarb but doesn't look like the rhubarb we have growing else where. Any ideas?

FeelMuchBrighterToday Fri 29-May-09 18:28:54

yikes

it is a triffid

Twims Fri 29-May-09 18:31:26

I think it's Jacks beanstalk - just waiting for the golden eggs grin

NationalFlight Fri 29-May-09 18:31:49

Has anyone gone missing from your household?

mrsjammi Fri 29-May-09 18:32:43

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amisuchabadmummy Fri 29-May-09 18:36:17

it looks like perpetual spinach gone to seed...

amisuchabadmummy Fri 29-May-09 18:36:48

or may be swiss chard.

Twims Fri 29-May-09 19:42:31

Don't think it's Spinach as it sounds like they grow to only 30cm or so and this is nearly 5ft!! could possibly be swiss chard - but we didn't plant any!!

TubOfLardWithInferiorRange Fri 29-May-09 22:13:19

Looks like burdock-hard to tell from pic-but fits your description-does it have purple flowers/burrs on it?

Twims Fri 29-May-09 22:18:34

No purple flowers or burrs

Fillyjonk Sun 31-May-09 11:45:18

can you do a closeup of the leaves and flowers? Its really hard to tell, tbh, without those.

tbh just looks like chard or spinach gone to seed.

amisuchabadmummy Sun 31-May-09 12:21:00

perpetual spinach can grow up to 5ft if its left, so can chard.

TubOfLardWithInferiorRange Sun 31-May-09 16:06:18

I figured out that if you click on the little pictures you get a bigger picture-with a lot more definition. But I still don't know what this is and it's bugging me because I have seen this plant.

amisuchabadmummy Sun 31-May-09 16:24:10

im sure its perpetual spinach...

is it this...?

www.floralimages.co.uk/images/beta_vulgaris_3d2.jpg

amisuchabadmummy Sun 31-May-09 16:25:27

this is it too...

it can get huge in the wild

www.aphotoflora.com/DevonandCornwall/Beta%20vul-cicla-flavescens20-06-06.jpg

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