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19/07/2012 at 13:43

Hi, Im new to this forum and need help please

We moved into this house 3 years ago and have done a lot to the garden and every now and again we find a plant that wasn't there the year before!

Can anyone tell me please what this one is? The plant is about 4 foot high and growing in sun (although I think there is one further down the garden in semi shade)

The flowers are tiny, especially compared to plant and leaf size. I have no idea!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/10111.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/10112.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

19/07/2012 at 13:52

I asked this question for  a very similar flower last week and was told figwort, but the second picture has different leaves, more similar to a salvia. Hopefully the person who helped me will pop in later.

19/07/2012 at 14:12
19/07/2012 at 14:18

Thank you Kate, do you have a link to your question please?

19/07/2012 at 14:29

Thank you Dovefromabove, certainly looks like it!

19/07/2012 at 14:42

As I said in answer to Kate's query, it's the first 'new' plant that I learned to identify on school nature rambles as a child, so it's implanted in my memory.  It was used in the past to treat skin conditions. See http://medicinalherbinfo.org/herbs/Figwort.html

19/07/2012 at 15:09

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/salvia-sclarea/4449.html

Dovefromabove I am still trying to find a home for it

19/07/2012 at 18:18

Mine has insinuated itself between the echinaceas, and as it matches the colour scheme there, it will be allowed to stay

19/07/2012 at 21:40
I have a plant which looks similar, but has multiple stems, I wonder if it's the same. I bought it in a garden centre, but have lost the label. I'll post a photo tomorrow.
20/07/2012 at 05:58

I shouldn't think the usual garden centres are intentionally selling figwort, unless labelled as a wild plant/herb.

21/07/2012 at 20:22

Silverfairy, this is what mine looks like now, planted it last year .....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/10164.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

 

22/07/2012 at 11:39

That's quite a magnificent specimen you have there Penninepetal!! Mine has multiple stems too, but not quite on a par with yours

22/07/2012 at 11:54
It is and I like the look of it, but it's too big for the small bed, I think I'll relocate it to the wild area at the top of the garden.
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