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27/04/2014 at 21:29
Can somone tell me if this is a wild plant or a weed.ive found two small clumps growing near an old caretaker's bungalow on the boundary fence of a school.i wasn't sure they had been planted years ago when the bungalow was in use or are they just "WEEDS" I would like to addone two my woodland garden area but I am concerned they are a weed Any help identifying them would be much appreciated. ...
27/04/2014 at 21:33

If they're only small clumps now they're not that invasive so if you like them grow them.

When you say 4 lobed, do you mean 4 petals?


27/04/2014 at 21:39
Yes four trying to upload photos of my phone but cant find the icon to let me.

They are small delicate purple flowers like violas on a 12" fury stem there is only a few clumps so like you say they should be fine if they are only in small clumps next to the fence..
27/04/2014 at 21:39
27/04/2014 at 21:43

Could be but delicate isn't the first word that springs to mind on L orvala.

Leaves like nettles are right though

27/04/2014 at 21:46

Ah, cross-posted - hadn't seen the delicate and viola-like  

27/04/2014 at 21:47

Are they dead nettles perhaps?

27/04/2014 at 21:54

I'm trying to think what purple and out now and has leaves like nettles and flowers like violas

Out now I have the lamium Dove mentioned and the red deadnettle. Lathyrus vernus.


Honesty, the leaves are a bit nettle shaped

If it's honesty don't try and move it. It's biennial, wait for the seed and scatter it in your garden

27/04/2014 at 21:57

Does it look something like this?


27/04/2014 at 22:00

My Hesperis Matronalis is almost out, and I saw some out in a sheltered garden today - that might fit the bill 

27/04/2014 at 22:02

If we're boasting I had H. matrionalis on the New year's day flower count

27/04/2014 at 22:17

We're pretty good aren't we Mike. Silver Surfer posts here occasionally

I like a bit of detective work. It keeps me out of mischief in the evening. I don't get much enjoyment from TV watching so I don't watch. 

But I don't sit waiting, I wouldn't have the patience. I just wander through from time to time.

27/04/2014 at 23:27
THANKYOU to all for your help.I am 99% sure nutculet has found the plant.
The plant is called "Honesty".

I have already planted one in my garden but by looking at the plant profile on plant finder I think I have made an error by not waiting for the plant to seed then use them next year...
Suppose I will learn the difference beetween plants you can just plant and move to another place..and then the plants that you have to wait for seeds to develop the more experienced I get..
Thanks to all the members that helped find my plant ID.
27/04/2014 at 23:34

 Here's my Honesty patch today.  They're 4 foot high.

28/04/2014 at 00:07
They are the ones.i think they are a lovely delicate woodland style plant. Would I plant seeds now for next year or wait till later in the year before planting seeds.As by the way it sounds by members is that I have missed the chance to have them this year due to trying to move a grown plant instead of using seeds

28/04/2014 at 08:14

Your moved plant may survive perfectly well and seed in your garden. Look after it

28/04/2014 at 11:22

Interesting that this lovely plant, that we call 'Honesty', is called something very different in the Netherlands where it is known as 'Judas's pennies' - not an exact translation but close enough.  Guess the seed pods look like the 'pieces of silver' that Judas was given. 

28/04/2014 at 19:59

Some people also call it the money plant.

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