I have never done any gardening before (sadly), and so when this
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
Any better ideas? Thank you!
Liz, thanks, that would be tasty - but I'm doubtful.
I certainly did not sow radishes; though maybe something is left from earlier cultivation?
Radish leaves, especially large ones, seem somewhat '' whereas these ones are 'elliptic'. There is no apparent redness in the root (but I didn't dig deep in case this is edible/useful). And these leaves just seem a lot bigger (up to hand sized) and rougher than what I recall from shop-bought radishes.
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.
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!!
I just sampled a stalk... then the leaf too. Yes, cucumbery. Tasty!
What a nice surprise. Nice to have pollinator-friendly plants, too. I'll move that one (there are a few) as there's a beetroot emerging next to it.
Two dozen other unidentified sprouting things left, but happy with this one! Thanks :-)