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Hi, can anyone help me identify these plants? I managed to transplant them about a month ago, they do have a tap root. They were over 6ft but i cut them down a bit prior to moving them. They have a green slightly variagated leaf, and small round purple flowers, not more than an inch. Im not sure what they are, maybe a type of verbascum? they are quite thick at the base, have attached some pics :) i think they may lose their leaves over the winter hence their droppy look, been a month since i transplanted them and they are over that droppy stage. imageimageimage


  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,193

    Yes I was thinking that, philippa - they look like a malva sylvestris (mallow) from the stems and flowers. Leaves aren't quite right, perhaps

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • Are these plants growing in Britain...or somewhere hotter?

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,780

    Malva arborea maybe

  • Hi, Thanks for the replies thus far. They are growing in britain, not far from uppingham. They look better in the summer, quite a fiberous growing stem thats hollow if that any help? Il def goole your suggestions and see if they fit the bill :) there was no powdery mildew on the leaves so maybe not verbascum :)

  • The common mallow seems to fit the bill, the plants were in the veg patch which would make sense having read the many uses it has. Not sure about the leaf though, some of the leaves are just green, most are variagated, unless of course the plants arent 100% healthy. But thanks again for the replies :)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,780

    It isn't Commom Mallow, Malva sylvestris, that doesn't grow to that shape

    and definitely not a Verbascum of any sort,

    Have a look at Lavatera arborea variegata

  • Thanks, "tree mallow" that appears to be spot on image. An interesting plant, sounds more like a biennial or a short lived perenial. Glad i asked the question, want something long lasting in that spot, actually thinking of standard roses which would give height and some privacy....can anyone recommend a good supplier? A strongly scented variety would be ideal. 

    Thanks again for your help.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,780

    It's not a plant I'd recommend .  My 'weed' tolerance is high but I really don't like those.

    But I don't like Lavatera 'Barnsley' or any of those cultivars either

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687

    Not one I like either. But I know many like this plant. Have a look at David Austin Roses or Peter Beales for roses. You also don't need standards to get height, there are plenty of roses that grow tall very quickly in one season. It's just a matter of colour, style and flower size.

    Last edited: 24 November 2017 18:46:44

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