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Jun 23, 2012 9:38 PM

Wanted beetroots, got ... what?

Hello,

 

I have never done any gardening before (sadly), and so when this

 

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began to grow in the spot where I'd sown some beetroot, I thought I'd have beetroot.

 

But it doesn't really look like beet leaves, from what little I can tell. In particular the bright red stalks and veins are missing, even though the leaf stalks of this plant are reddish on the upper side.

 

So, 'weed'? The most striking characteristic is that both stalks and leaves are covered in rough 'hairs', giving a sandpaper texture.

 

From this page I figured "green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) perhaps?" But

  • in other pictures of that species the leaves seem more pointed, spearhead-shaped
  • my spot is not "shaded and damp", it's quite sunny
  • there is no sign of a stem to bear flowers (but it may be too early)

 

Any better ideas? Thank you!

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    Jun 23, 2012 11:24 PM (in response to Pentaglot)
    Re: Wanted beetroots, got ... what?

    Could it be radishes?

    Liz

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    Jun 25, 2012 10:38 PM (in response to Pentaglot)
    Re: Wanted beetroots, got ... what?

    Hi,

    this looks very like a Borage seedling to me, Borago officinalis, also known as Star flower due it's star shaped blue flowers. It is a really good plant for bees & other pollinating insects. If you have space I suggest you leave it in situ or alternatively, as it can get quite large, move it to another site where it can grow away.

    Jen

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      Jun 25, 2012 11:04 PM (in response to Jen)
      Re: Wanted beetroots, got ... what?

      It's also a very good plant to use in salads. The flowers look great, and are definitely edible, and the peeled stalks taste of cucumber, but do not cause the problems that some people have with cucumber.

      Nice idea is to freeze the flowers in ice cubes - look very effective in long tall summer drinks!!

      Liz

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