What is this plant?
June 14, 2015 3:02 PM   Subscribe

A plant appeared next to my tomato plant in a balcony box and I'd like to know what exactly it is.

Photo. The flowers are tiny with 5 petals and there's one at the end of each of those long...stalks? seedpods?

Can I eat it?
posted by casarkos to Home & Garden (4 answers total)
Hrm. I think it looks like soapwort. AKA Bouncing Bet.

Not of much use, but it does have saponification tendencies. I wouldn't eat it, myself. But it's very interesting. I'd pull it out and let my tomatoes have the bulk of the nutrients.

Maybe others can weigh in and tell me if I am correct.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 3:20 PM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

I get those everywhere and think they are fireweed. Kind of a nuisance but very easy to uproot.
posted by oxisos at 5:40 PM on June 14, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yup, fireweed. Easy enough to get rid of. Do it before the seed pods open because the seeds spread like mad!
posted by Too-Ticky at 11:56 PM on June 14, 2015

I have those all over too! It looks like Epilobium parviflorum (small flowered willowherb). Closely related to fireweed but a different species. More photos.
posted by janerica at 2:16 PM on October 22, 2015

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