Thursday, 28 May 2009

Help with identification needed??

Please could you help me to identify this plant. I discovered it whilst walking Basil around the fields. I think that it looks like rhubarb, but a couple of friends of mine think it could be a form of wild rhubarb that may not be edible... but no one is completely positive, so thought I would ask all you lovely people . As much as I love the thought of some rhubarb crumble and custard I would not risk picking and cooking it though, an upset stomach or worse is not very appealing!!
Nevertheless it would be wonderful to be able to satisfy the curiosity of my friends and myself as to what this plant really is..... can you help???


20 comments:

Tea with Willow said...

Hi Jane! Great to see you back! I'll pop over to your last post in a mo ... I'm just catching up myself.

Could this plant be Burdock? It looks like one featured on River Cottage, when Hugh was looking to make dandelion & burdock beer ... he said the leaves could grow up to half a metre long ... I have a similar plant on my driveway and it's so big, it's scaring me!!!

Willow xx

Compostwoman said...

I think it may be Burdock, as well,

a useful link about plants and thier uses is

http://www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/ancient/wild-food-entry.php?term=Burdock

Just be very glad it isn't Giant Hogweed.....

liZZie said...

Hiya - I saw and thought the same when I came across this plant at Ufton Fields last week. I quess you could always contact the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust if you need verification. Rowan over on www.circleoftheyear.blogspot.com posted about burdock recently.

MoominMama said...

Hiya Jane :)
Just replying to your comment, letting you know I'm still alive!
Yeah, I kinda forgot about blogging for a while, never really sure what to write.
Hope everything is OK with you, thanks so much for your concern as to where I'd gone!
Kath x

liZZie said...

I was tagged recently and enjoyed answering the questions, and I had to choose eight people to pass it on to and you’re one of my eight. You may like to do it, and I’m sure bloggers would enjoy reading your responses, but not to worry if it’s not your thing.

liZZie said...

Me again - I know you are very preoccupied, but you have been nominated by me for an award should you wish to call and collect over on my latest post. Best wishes to you Jane as you deal with everything. x

liZZie said...

Me yet again... I nominated you for one of those award thingies in a recent post, a thank you for your gentle ways and inspiring words, so if you would like to call in and collect it's waiting for you. x

MelMel said...

Thank you for your kind words, that means a lot to know that ppl care....xx

Greedy Nan said...

Is it angelica? if it is, it will have quite a distrinctive smell. Best bet is to take to your garden centre - any decent one worth it's salt will have 'proper' gardeners and will be able to tell you immediately and thank you for asking them.

MelMel said...

I would have no idea!
Very interesting find tho!
Just reading the other ladies comments...some good ideas and they seem to know their onions....:>))

Melxxx

aromatic said...

(Belated!!) thanks to you all for your comments, they were all very much appreciated!! Not sure in the end what it was but certainly not rhubarb thats for sure... the farmer has just cut around the edge of the field and its now been completely destroyed... it was getting extremely big!!
Love to you all! Jane xxx

Ruth said...

Looks similar to Devil's Rhubarb, which is not edible.

Ragged Roses said...

It does look like Rhubarb but I have no idea, it does look like Burdock too. Don't eat it just in case, please!!! So sorry to read of your recent news in previous posts, I hope all is well with you.
Kimx

ICQB said...

Hi Jane,

We have tons of burdock growing on the edges of the park next door. It does get extremely large, and then the burrs come.

Strider once tried to chase a cat through a thicket of burdock and was literally stopped mid stride by the burrs. He HATES burdock burrs.

If it was burdock, I'm glad it was destroyed for Basil's sake.

Lots of happy woofs to Basil, and well wishes sent your way!

Linda

Kim McBirnie said...

Hi Jane, I'd follow everyone else's comments - although Rhubarb does crop up in the wild, there are several other plants that look similar that share rhubarbs toxic qualities in the stem as well as the leaves. I'll be splitting my rhubarb this autumn if you want some for your garden!
Kim xx

MelMel said...

Hello!
Lovely of you to pop by my blog to say hi, thank you for leaving such a lovely comment...

I do hope that all your plans go to plan...sounds like a lot to do...how brave you are...one day I'll be looking to you for inspiration...:>))xxxx

MoominMama said...

Hiya Jane :)
Great to 'hear' from you.
Sounds like you've been really busy getting things all sorted for your Mum.
That's brilliant that you have such a good Community Psyche Nurse - I sometimes think it can be a bit hit or miss as to whether you get a good one or not. But sounds like you've hit the jackpot.
Oh yes, Nightwish! They were incredible, a really, really wonderful night. Now I just have to hang on until 2011 for the new album, and then probably 2012 before I can see them live again.
Such a fantastic band, not a day goes by that I don't listen to them!
Take care of yourself
Love and light
Kath xx

Leanne said...

hi jane, i am fine, and having been posting regularly, your comment was left on my post dated 8th august, ive made 23 posts since then! not sure why you cant see them?

leanne x

Leanne said...

hi jane, i dont really understand it either! the only thing i can think of... in the very top box on your screen, where you would type... www. etc, if for some reason you had saved my blog on that saturday 8th aug it would say..
http://somersetseasons.blogspot.com/2009/08/saturday-musings.html

in there, and only ever take you to that page, and stop you seeing any posts after that page/ date. but

if you edit it to just say

http://somersetseasons.blogspot.com/

it should then go to my latest post..

the only other thing i can think of is that you open a new page with my blog addy, and then save the page to your desktop. i wont appear in your bloglist but i think you'd have a little icon on your screen leading to me?

hope this might help a little?

hope you are ok by the way, you havent posted or ages?

its funny, i had noticed you hadnt left any commenst on my blog for a while, but i had seen your commensts elsewhere. i jut assumed you had 'gone off' my blog!! sorry!!

Leanne x

Leanne said...

me again!

I am so sorry to hear of your poor mums problems, my nan had dementia too, so I have an understanding of how it is for you.

i have just gone through all my blog settings, i hadnt changed anything but in case things had 'got stuck' (lordy, i am not technical either!) :-) ive just been fiddling, ticking/ unticking things etc, and I am now appearing on moonroots list again. please refresh your page and see if yours is ok now too?

leanne x