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23/07/2013 at 10:22


23/07/2013 at 10:46

Pretty certain it's Ligularia,


23/07/2013 at 12:37

Wish I could see the leaves though, to be absolutely sure.

23/07/2013 at 12:40

Can't enlarge the picture as the file size is already set at max but they look like Erymurus (Fox Tail Lilies) to me.

23/07/2013 at 12:56

I say Ligularia too. Looks like "The rocket" 

23/07/2013 at 13:02

Yep, I'd say Ligularia 'the Rocket', nice ....

23/07/2013 at 14:07

Ligularia -

Eremerus have strappy leaves and, as their other common name - Desert Candles - indicates, need good drainage and full sun to do well.



23/07/2013 at 14:33

fox tail lilies,ooo I would love to be able to grow these but i have very heavy clay soil.

23/07/2013 at 15:34

That is why I wanted to see the leaves.

23/07/2013 at 15:44

I can see enough leaf to know it's not any sort of bulb or other monocot. My guess would be ligularia but I don't know them well enough to say which one

23/07/2013 at 18:16

I can show pics of leaves and no spikes (this year).

23/07/2013 at 18:16

thanks all for your input. this was the only plant/flower that i was not sure of. it is ligularia ( rocket )


23/07/2013 at 18:24

I'd definitely say Ligularia 'The Rocket'. Hard to see properly but flowers and leaves look right. Similar to Eremerus though  with the flower spikes- they mostly  have 'daisy' like flowers.

24/07/2013 at 10:33

 I  envy you for being able to grow this plant  . What type of soil are you growing in ? I have tried to grow  Ligullaria from seed also have bought the plant but I have no luck , it dies on me . I have sandy / peaty soil . 

24/07/2013 at 11:46

Ligularia needs moisture retentive soil to do well.

24/07/2013 at 12:16

my soil is very rich, good growing it seems for most of my plants. i do add lots of good compost. it does retain water quite well and being in the pennines we get plenty water. i do feel for you Lucky3, i dont like peaty soil. i have lots of berries ie: logan and tay, redcurrant and blackcurrant that seem to do well. after moving to Huddersfield from Guernsey i feel lucky that my plants grow as well as they did in Guernsey.

24/07/2013 at 13:43

Defo Ligularia- see teh blog on bog Gardens- I added a picture of mine this morning to that article.  The flowers smell nice-  need watering if the leaves droop in the sun.

My is clay soil.  Ligularias grow well but not so lucky with Eremerus-  this year added 3 inches of grit/san/


pebbles and have managed to have a couple flowering.


the photo is Ligularia veitchiana, if the leaves are more finely cut it will be the Rocket- RHS Plant Selector Ligularia 'The Rocket' AGM / RHS Gardening

One of my favourites!

25/07/2013 at 07:12

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