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heleninwales
heleninwales
Stop for a moment...
...to wonder what this plant could be.

What is it?

The other day, I noticed that a new plant had taken up residence in our garden. I have no idea what it is. I don't even know whether it's a native species or something that's migrated from a neighbouring garden. As I was out in the garden clearing weeds, I thought I'd photograph it to see if any of you knowledgeable people can identify it. It's planted itself next to where we keep the wheelie bins, which is north facing and fairly shady, in case that helps. It seems quite attractive, so unless there's any good reason not to, I plan to keep it.



What is it?



ETA: Thanks to puddleshark, it has been identfied as Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum).

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puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: June 26th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum) maybe? It's a member of the St John's Wort family. According to Blamey & Fitter it is native to the UK but also widely bird-sewn from gardens.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 26th, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's it! Once you gave me the name, I could google it and the photos are identical. Thank you. :)
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: June 27th, 2013 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought it might be St John's Wort. It has some interesting mythology surrounding it. It was hung in stables and at windows to keep evil from coming in. And of course it has medicinal anti-depressives.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 27th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
It is a member of the St John's Wort family, though the one in my garden isn't the variety they use to make anti-depressives. Apparently that family of plants contain lots of interesting chemicals that have medicinal properties.
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: June 26th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's very pretty!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 26th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is, isn't it? Also, according to the information I read, the berries should change colour, so it should keep being pretty right through the summer. And I got it for free! :)
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