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Question: Thick bulbous root, pink flowers, rocket shaped black seeds

Hello everyone.


Glad I found this forum and that registration is so quick and easy.


We have a plant growing in our front garden and in many other gardens around here, though nobody seems to know it's name.


It grows from seed every year, and the first two leaves are relatively big, a bit like a radishes first two leaves, but without the indent in the middle of the width. It flowers around August September with pretty pink (hot pink, deep pink or shocking pink depending on how you'd describe it) flowers. Once these die, it produces ridged black/dark brown rocket shaped/fish shaped seeds, which fall to the ground and grow new plants the next year. After producing the seed, the plant dies.The root becomes very fat, thick and bulbous as the plant grows. There are other colours of flowers I've seen growing around here, in various gradens: lilac, white, yellow, light pink, and in on one plant I've seen variegated flowers with all the colours mixed in lines on each flower. It grows about two feet high. I've attached pictures, though they're not very good quality I'm afraid. And my plants grow smaller than most because of poor soil in the area.


Any help in putting a name or identification to this plant would be much appreciated. Pictures below:



PinkFlower 19.9.8.jpg


This is a rough shape of the seed, which can be approx half cm wide and roughly ¾ cm long:


pinkflower seed.jpg


Edit: Just took a photo of the seeds:








Thank you in advance for your help.




P.S. It says that I haven't marked this as a question. I'm trying to see how I do that, I've tried edit thread etc but can't see an option.

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