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    11/08/2014 at 12:38

Need help identifying a mystery plant in your garden, or one that you've seen on your travels?

Between now and noon, Tuesday 19 August 2014, members of the Gardeners' World Magazine team will be on hand to help. Simply upload an image of the plant (as clear as possible, please!) and we'll post our replies at regular intervals through the day.

Please note this a plant ID thread - if you need help with other gardening problems, do head over to the problem-solving section.

We look forward to seeing your images!

Daniel Haynes

11/08/2014 at 13:27


Hi Daniel, great idea and I'll go first

This is a plant I posted back in May but can't find the thread and I don't think we ever got a definitive answer.  It was taken by the panda enclosure at Edinburgh zoo so I think it may be oriental, but not sure.  I would like to know what it is and whether it would survive in my garden (NW England), I suspect it would if it survives Edinburgh but not sure.  Thank you.


    11/08/2014 at 14:08

Hello Orchid Lady,

This looks like Paeonia suffruticosa 'Feng Dan Fen', a Chinese pink tree peony. For more information about tree peonies, the Kelways site is useful here.

You could try asking Edinburgh zoo about their plant collection as they may match their plants and animals regionally.


Gardening Editor,

Gardeners' World magazine

11/08/2014 at 14:09


I found this climber growing though our oleanders in our garden in Spain. I have not seen this plant grow wild anywhere, so maybe it came from the garden centre with the oleanders. It has pretty, small white flowers which are slightly scented. The plant has just started to produce fruit. I found a photo of a passion flower that looked similar but the leaves were different. It would be nice to find out what this is (and if you could actually eat it of course). Thanks!!

    11/08/2014 at 15:07

Hello Jan27,

This looks like it's an araujia. These plants actually come from South America but have been introduced to places like Spain, where often they have taken over too fast! They are in the Apocynaceae family (as is the oleander), members of which have very toxic sap so I wouldn't recommend eating the fruit at all or touching the plant without gloves. 

In its defence, this is a popular plant with the monarch butterfly.


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11/08/2014 at 15:21

Thank you Emma, I will look into that further now that I know 

11/08/2014 at 15:28

Hi, bought 2 clematis from Lidl  just labelled 'summer flowering'. The forum identified one as Hagley Hybrid but we couldn't id the other. It is not large flowered - flowers are approx 5cm across and it has been flowering since July.  I would be grateful if you could id it for me. Thanks




11/08/2014 at 15:30

they're good but not psychic, Daintiness. Have you got a photo?

11/08/2014 at 15:35

Thanks Emma, that is very interesting! I had never heard of this plant and will do some searches.

11/08/2014 at 15:37

Ooh that wasn't there when I looked earlier. Sorry, Daintiness.

11/08/2014 at 15:43

I had to edit my post Fidgetbones - you were not hallucinating. The pic. did not appear when I first posted, don't know why!

11/08/2014 at 16:04

Jan27........the Arauja is also known as the Cruel Plant due to it's habit of trapping insects within the flowers and then releasing them later on (presumably when it thinks they have had sufficient time to pollinate ! ).

It is easy from either seeds or cuttings........I grew from seeds many years ago and it will overwinter quite happily in the SW of the UK and grow into quite a spectacular plant.

As Emma says, it does become pretty rampant in warmer climates such as Spain but can be pruned quite easily

11/08/2014 at 16:07

Hi, i have a plant which i bought over 3 years ago from the internet which was supposed to be a Stipa Gigantea. It has never had flowers/plumes and i posted my first GW thread to try and find out why it wasnt flowering. The response from people is that i have a Pampas! and that it maybe going to flower soon, do you agree? The leaves are razor sharp if you rub the wrong way. I have more pics of you would like them. Thanks Kim


    11/08/2014 at 17:34

Hello Daintiness,

Are the flowers of your clematis really only 5cm in diameter? It looks like 'Will Goodwin' but that tends to have much larger flowers. Do let us know if your measurement is right so that we can try to firm up an identification. Thank you,


Gardening Editor,

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11/08/2014 at 17:40

Hi Daniel,    I got these bulbs last year, I would love to know the name please.





    11/08/2014 at 17:41

Hello Kim,

Your grass definitely looks a lot more like pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) than Stipa gigantea. However, it does look handsome, and it sounds as though you're still quite pleased with it. If you get flowers, you can cut them back in spring and if you fancy doing some propagation, use a sharp spade to divide it in autumn or spring.

These can make a great statement and are much undervalued.


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Gardeners' World magazine

11/08/2014 at 18:22

Can I join in?! Dancer2, I think they're Crinum powellii rosea....

11/08/2014 at 18:27

I found this plant in a pot full of weeds when we first moved into our house.   I repotted it and it has grown into what looks like a small tree


.   It is deciduous, the leaves turn red and fall off but I have no idea what it is.

    11/08/2014 at 18:28

Yes, of course, Bamboogie! I think you're right...

Dancer2, here's a profile of Crinum x powellii:

Daniel Haynes



11/08/2014 at 19:47

Any idea what this - very blue and slightly prickly - wild flower is?

It was growing along the roads in Åland (Finland), in big blue clumps.
I tore this relatively long stem off a bigger, branched plant. 
Would be so nice to know what it is! 

EDIT: I guess it's Blueweed, Echium vulgare, right?

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