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Heather Michaels

Hi all,

I've attached some pictures of a couple of plants growing in my garden. I have no clue what they're called. I've taken more than one picture of each which may or may not help but hopefully will.

The first grows like a carpet up to about 8-10 inches tall and there is plenty of it. I like it as it seems to be completely hardy and just gets on with it and the bees love it. But no idea what its called.

The second grew up last year, to about the same state you can see in the pictures. Is this just a funky boring old grass? Or is it something that should flower? It didn't flower at all last year if its supposed to so I'm not sure whether I need to move it somewhere or just dig it up.

Thanks for your help, Heather x

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

4thPanda

Hi Heather 

Don't know the top one, but the leaves look like a bulb, and are possibly bluebells.

star gaze lily

Don't know the top ones, could the bottom pics be bluebells or a day lily.

Heather Michaels

4thPanda, the leaves on the second pic grow to about a foot tall, I perhaps should have mentioned that!. Would bluebells grow that tall? 

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star gaze lily

Heather, there is a type of snowdrop with leaves that tall, mine are just in bud 

Heather Michaels

Oh I'd be so pleased if they were some sort of lily. If only they'd flower then I might have more of a clue!

Heather Michaels

hmmm curiouser and curiouser! It looks like I might have to hoik them out and move them when they start coming through next year and see what happens. 

 

Dovefromabove

The first looks like either the white form of borage or the white form of comfrey - someone, probably Nut will know which!

As for the second - if you pick a leaf and bruise it, does it smell of anything - onions or garlic for instance?

Edd

No 1. Mountain Bluebells. Some people call this plant “Sticky Chinese Houses.” Purple and white patterns adorn its small flowers.

http://cdn2.business2community.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Mountain-Bluebells.png

 

4thPanda

My bluebell leaves are quite long, possibly as long as yours Heather. Mine are the (evil, some say) Spanish variety. 

Do like the mountain bluebells 

Heather Michaels

Thank you so much everyone. Plant number 2 will be moved next spring when it starts to peep though, hopefully that way it will actually flower, I'd love to see it in flower, I did suspect that it wasn't a grass but flowers do tend to help with ID!

Plant No. 2, it did always look bluebell shaped but I'm so ignorant I didn't realise there was more than one variety so dismissed it!

Thanks again everyone you've been, as always, very helpful. 

Are you sure number 1 are the mountain bluebells? They look suspiciously like symphytum ibericum? It's in the Comfrey genus and can be invasive.

punkdoc

Plant 1., is a Symphytum officinale, which i think is Comfrey.

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star gaze lily

Eek just looked at those, it says they spread 100cm. Does look like them

Edd

I have to agree with symphytum ibericum. How similar they are. It is a comfrey.

Fairygirl

No 1 looks like comfrey to me 

Dovefromabove

Mountain Bluebells are an American native plant in the borage family - that's why there's a resemblance - but I don't think Heather's plants are exactly that plant - much more likely to be, as I said, either the white form of Borago officionalis - a mediterranean plant which is naturalised in the UK, or the white form of the UK native comfrey (symphytum officinale )  Both grow all over the place and can be invasive.

Hi Ryan