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Old 14-09-18, 09:16 AM
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Default Gardener's Question Time - Chilli or Triffid?

Anybody know what this plant is please?
It grew in a pot in which had been sown seeds of Bolivian Hairy Chilli, the only thing that grew.
It doesn't look particularly like a chilli, more like a potato plant. A deadly nightshade?
It's about 3" tall.
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Old 14-09-18, 12:42 PM
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Default Chilli or Triffid

Say it with flowers: send her a Triffid!

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Old 14-09-18, 12:57 PM
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Based on the 2nd and 3rd photo. a type of squash or zucchini. The flowering portion is where the fruit would start to appear and grow.
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Old 14-09-18, 01:04 PM
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It's these Achocha, "Aztec cucumber"plants that cause that kind of confusion........
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Old 14-09-18, 07:53 PM
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Based on the 2nd and 3rd photo. a type of squash or zucchini. The flowering portion is where the fruit would start to appear and grow.
Thanks - I've grown Courgette (come squash) Tromboncino, Cucumber Crystal Lemon and Cucamelon, sewn at the same time as the triffid but it clearly isn't one of those.
So it looks like I've picked up a rogue squash type beast from somewhere.
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Old 20-09-18, 05:20 PM
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Think I've sussed it, these husks have formed - tomatillo?
I'd sown some but thought I'd given them all away.
Not sure how it managed to infiltrate pots of chilli's but I reckon that's it, tomatillo.
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Old 21-09-18, 03:29 PM
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Ok, so what is a tomatillo?
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Old 21-09-18, 03:33 PM
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The easiest answer is to post this wiki link

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=to...obile&ie=UTF-8

Doesn't look like I'll have enough fruit from this one plant to make a bowl of salsa.
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Old 21-09-18, 09:10 PM
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It looks like a tomatillo. I grow them for one of my hot sauces.
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Old 22-09-18, 11:57 AM
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Yes, it has that physalis type fruit forming. Tomatillo were amongst a number of hot sauce type ingredients I sowed including green fish, yellow banana, Satan's kiss, Peter pepper, hairy giant Bolivian (that one was a complete fail), Peruvian lemon drop, Trinidad yellow perfumed and a few other chilli's.
A bit of an experiment, growing things that were "different" but not just wastefull novelty.
Most plants (hundreds) given away, and despite meticulous labeling in perma Sharpie most labels lost as the sun bleached the ink out within a day ( although other Sharpie labels have lasted years).
Done for fun rather than maximum cropping this year, next year I'll be a little more sensible.
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Old 16-09-20, 09:49 AM
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"Return of The Triffid".

Well, a different one appeared this year, anyone know what his is please?

Long, arching stems a few feet long, the white and maroon shrimp like flowers seem familiar but I can't place it.
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Himalayan Honeysuckle

https://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flow...Himalayan).htm
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Old 16-09-20, 10:40 AM
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Right, thanks - I'm thinking I sowed some of the seeds a year or two ago, nothing came of them - until this one appeared in the front hedge.

I have two types of Siberian Honeysuckle, their fruits are edible, I don't think the fruit of the Himalayan is, I must've bought the seed as an oddity. An invasive one as I recall.
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Old 16-09-20, 11:19 AM
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If I recall correctly, you can eat the berries - although I would check that before you do !! The birds love them and they make a significant mess as a result of eating the berries. It is invasive and it's possible that it has self seeded through bird droppings.

I would get rid of it if it was in our garden
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Yep, sounds an idea.
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