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What is this spiky plant?

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Joined: 3/19/2011
Location: London
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Posted: Apr/20/2011 6:37 AM PST

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I have this spiky thing, in fact I have a few of these. I have my suspicions but don't want to cloud the thoughts. But I have no idea if it is or it isn't.

It's very spiky, has broad leaves and grows really really fast!

I want to move it to the back of the garden to use as a natural barrier but need to know what it is first!

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Joined: 4/29/2008
Location: Westlake, La
Posts: 10031
Posted: Apr/20/2011 7:48 AM PST

Kind of looks like Castor Bean. Not sure, though.
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Joined: 3/19/2011
Location: London
Posts: 11
Posted: Apr/20/2011 8:51 AM PST

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Originally posted by carolyncat353
Kind of looks like Castor Bean. Not sure, though.


Ain't they those toxic things?
KeyWee blog photos
Joined: 11/29/2006
Location: West Kentucky
Posts: 1796
Posted: Apr/20/2011 9:54 AM PST

Yes ~ they are poison. The trick is NOT to eat them

But .... that doesn't look like the kind of castor beans I grow. The shape of the leaf isn't right. Castor bean leaves look a bit like giant maple tree leaves. Does this plant bloom or do anything besides grow very quickly?
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Joined: 5/07/2010
Location: Manistee,MI
Posts: 858
Posted: Apr/20/2011 11:11 AM PST

When you say..."spiky" You mean it has thorns ? right ?
NightSprite photos
Joined: 3/19/2011
Location: London
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Posted: Apr/21/2011 10:01 AM PST

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Originally posted by purplepassion
When you say..."spiky" You mean it has thorns ? right ?


Yes, lots of them! On the main stem!

And no blooms or flowers! Just grows. Quickly.
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Joined: 1/15/2008
Location: Bothell
Posts: 1717
Posted: Apr/22/2011 6:34 AM PST

Blackberry?

My s-i-l lives in Reigate and we were shocked to see them for sale at a local nursery there. They are noxious weeds in Seattle!
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Joined: 3/19/2011
Location: London
Posts: 11
Posted: Apr/25/2011 8:08 AM PST

Just discovered that the ants and the greenfly love it too

Grown over a foot since I posted!!

I had a sneaky idea it might have been blackberry, kind of hoping it was. But a couple of people have said the leaves are too big!
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Joined: 4/01/2011
Location: Allen,Ok.
Posts: 41
Posted: May/14/2011 11:11 AM PST

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Originally posted by NightSprite
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Originally posted by carolyncat353
Kind of looks like Castor Bean. Not sure, though.


Ain't they those toxic things?
I grow castor bean plants just because I like the way they look. They are poison if you were to eat the beans. They look real good behind my Koi pond. You can see a couple of pictures on my albums. See how tall they grow.
Bobbie68
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