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M FentM Fent Posts: 166


Does anyone know the name of this flower I spotted along a lane near us?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I find it difficult to ID a flower like that. I like to see them growing, to see the leaves, the height and where it's growing

  • M FentM Fent Posts: 166


    Try again nut... hopefully can make them out. Very few of them, about 2ft high growing in some long grass...

  • M FentM Fent Posts: 166

    Perhaps be easier when they are in flower? ?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    It looks rather like Valeriana officinalis but 2 foot is a bit short for that

  • M FentM Fent Posts: 166

    Young plant? First time ive seen it to be honest. The leaves do look like the plant you say when i google it. I will check on the flowers in a few days to see whether they are scented?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    The scent from V. officinalis is lovely. I always think it's nicer if you don't stand too close. Might they have been cut earlier and having a second try at flowering? that would account for the lack of height and the lateness. Mine are over.

  • M FentM Fent Posts: 166

    Quite possibly, maybe rabbits have had a chew! We are in Derbyshire above 1000ft; would this affec? Short season? It's nice to find new plants growing you havent seen before and hearing their name is a bonus ?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    A different world from the Fens image

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 3,121

    I'm just over the border in Cheshire, also over 1000ft and mine has only come into flower in the last week. I moved mine in from my sheep field, it grows in just a few places round here.image

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,253

    I'm sure you're right nut, it looks just like true valerian. My valerian officinalis plant is about 6ft tall but it was already 2ft when I bought it. Though this year, both my foxgloves and hollyhocks are shorter than normal, I think through it being a dry year?

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