Plant identification please

Use this forum for identification of plants and flowers found in the UK. To allow us to help provide accurate identification we need clear pictures of the whole plant, where it is growing and close up pictures of flowers, buds or seed heads if any available. It would also be useful to see pictures showing the leaf attached to the stem.
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Plant identification please

Post by Teddy28 » 21 Jan 2019, 08:33

Good morning,
Please could you help me with a couple of plant identifications, both growing in the wild in UK (Cheshire)
Two photos of same plant taken yesterday ìn our local country park.

The other photo(first photo I think) was taken in December and I 've only just managed to resize it - this was growing in rough ground at a cricket club. First I thought it was Herb Robert but leaves are different and more densely clustered
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Re: Plant identification please

Post by lin » 21 Jan 2019, 22:49

Hi Teddy.
Your first photo with the frilly leaves looks like its Hemlock and a big no feed. Here is our entry for you to read the tips section and compare the photos. ... nt=152&c=6

The other one, I assume both are the same plant, look like Dock or Sorrel, and again a no feed. You can leave it for a week or so, so we can be sure.
Hopefully Nina will drop in and give you her thoughts.


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Re: Plant identification please

Post by Nina » 22 Jan 2019, 12:37

For the second plant, I also think it might be sorrel, but not sure. You can taste the leaves though, and if they have a tangy, slightly sour taste (a bit like unripe green apple) then it is sorrel, and that tangy taste is because of the oxalic acid in it (which is what makes it a no feed for your tortoise). The good news is though that it is fine for you to eat (try it raw, mixed with other leaves in salads or cooked in soups).


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