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Anyone know what this self seeded plant is? Is it a weed?

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Anyone know what this self seeded plant is? Is it a weed?

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Another picture of the mystery plant.

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Another pic of the mystery plant

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Re: Anyone know what this self seeded plant is? Is it a weed?

Something in the borage family? Phacelia campanularia?

 

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Re: Anyone know what this self seeded plant is? Is it a weed?

Hi

 

I'm no expert however this looks like a Nodding Violet (Streptocarpus Caulescens).  Here's a link to a Gardenign Aust factsheet.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/cgi-bin/common/printfriendly.pl?/gardening/stories/s276650.htm

 

Cheers

Boris

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Re: Anyone know what this self seeded plant is? Is it a weed?

Hi. A bit hard to be sure from the picture but it might be a Nodding Violet or sometimes Cape Primrose. It's botanical name is Streptocarpus caulescens - so it's not actually a real violet but the flower is violet like. If it is the Nodding Violet it will self-seed in the right conditions but it will never become very invasive.

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Re: Anyone know what this self seeded plant is? Is it a weed?

It's since been identified by a botanist friend as Barleria obtusa of the Acanthaceae family. Also know as the Bush Violet.  Could also be a related species Barleria cristata (Philippine Violet). Both are known as potential invasive weed varieties due to the ease of adaption to Australian bushland and their already frequent occurrence in bushland.

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