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23/03/2014 at 12:51

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


23/03/2014 at 12:53

Hi Heather 

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

23/03/2014 at 12:54

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

23/03/2014 at 12:55

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

23/03/2014 at 12:55

Snap panda, nearly trod on you 

23/03/2014 at 12:56

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

23/03/2014 at 12:56

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!

23/03/2014 at 12:58

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. 


23/03/2014 at 13:01

Found these Heather


23/03/2014 at 13:02

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?

23/03/2014 at 13:06

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


23/03/2014 at 13:18

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 

23/03/2014 at 13:25

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. 

23/03/2014 at 13:28

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.

23/03/2014 at 13:30

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

23/03/2014 at 13:34

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

23/03/2014 at 13:36

Which one Lily?

23/03/2014 at 13:36

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

23/03/2014 at 13:37

No 1 looks like comfrey to me 

23/03/2014 at 13:38

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 

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