Hi David. Is that a selfie
In all the time I've been doing moth traps and seen numerous elephant hawkmoths I have never seen one of these in the garden
Have you looked at this thread Lizzy?
No, I think quite woolly. Common name (looking at the book again,) is Mountain Everlasting. It's grouped with anaphalis and helichrysum on the page.
Aquilegia doesn't have long stems like creepers as you describe in first post
My ancient 'Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe' says it's found throughout. On the net rubra is usually given as 'Rubra' so probably a cultivar of the wild one.
Elephant hawkmoth caterpillars eat willow herb. I think it depends on your garden and your tastes. I love to have the wildflowers and all the wildlife that goes with them. Some prefer something more controlled. Each to his/her own
What were they described as granma and what did you get?
I have a lot of fasciation in a collection of digitalis from the seed swap last year. I always though that it was damage of some sort that caused this rather than genetic variation. but maybe not. I shall have to do some reading on the subject
I just let mine seed where they will. I've got a lovely volunteer patch of A. christophii and one of the eryngiums this year