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27/02/2014 at 14:51

This was given to me as a tiny cutting last easter. It has been gradually building up leaves since then and hasn't yet flowered.

What is it?

Thank you



27/02/2014 at 16:54

Think it looks like a Stachys - byzantina silver carpet, I brought one recently


27/02/2014 at 18:12

does look rather like some kind of stachys (lambs ears) though mine has more slender leaves and really silvery - but also ressembles my hawkbit (a garden thug with lovely red flowers, good ground cover and easy to remove the bits that spread too far) - or even the  centauria montana (an early cornflower with large heads) - why don't you ask whoever gave it to you?

27/02/2014 at 18:16

^^^that is what I though - lambs tongue.

27/02/2014 at 18:17

Could be a Lychnis coronaria?  They are biennial so if it is one of these you can expect it to flower this year.

27/02/2014 at 19:36

I don't think it's growing habit is quite like a Lychnis Coronaria...I think they are more compact at that height. I would go with stachys of some sort.

27/02/2014 at 19:39

I was thinking more like Centaurea montana.... blue perennial cornflower.

27/02/2014 at 19:42

I think GardenG is right, not the Stachys with lilac flowers but the one with white flowers.

28/02/2014 at 07:41

 Not sure, now I think Fidget is right.

28/02/2014 at 07:49

My first thought was Lamb'sLugs/Ears too, just looks a little too fuzzy for Knapweed/Centaurea but I can see the similarity to that as well. 

28/02/2014 at 08:30

I have doubts about any of the plants mentioned so far but can't offer anything better

28/02/2014 at 09:06

Are you losing your touch nut?...

28/02/2014 at 14:15

I think so Fairy

28/02/2014 at 14:55

Couldn't let it go. I've been out staring at Lychnis coronaria. It's much furrier than it was in my mind and my vote is for that

28/02/2014 at 14:59

If that's what Nut says it is, not being one to change my mind, I think it's what Nut says, don't know but she gets my vote  

Well done H & A.

28/02/2014 at 15:02

Now we just wait and see what it looks like in June/July

28/02/2014 at 15:37

Oh nut - were we making you doubt yourself?  

I wasn't 100% sure that it was Stachys, although it had a look of it, but  I'm not overly familiar with Lychnis.

If nut says it's Lychnis....well, she's rarely wrong Jess! I'm off to google it now 

28/02/2014 at 22:47

Thanks everyone. Can't wait to see how it behaves in June, nut!

I'm off to google Lychnis too now

I thought about Stachys, but throne I have already in the ground, is very silver compared to this one.



02/03/2014 at 21:52

I photographed these yesterday

Lychnis unflowered seedling

Lychnis older flowered plant


 Centaurea montana


03/03/2014 at 12:46

Thanks fidget - you have quite an array! Can't ask the person who gave it to me, gardening granny, because she was an old lady who passed away.

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