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Just taken on a polytunnel at my allotment site and the door was blocked by this plant. Any ideas what it is please.image

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  • BraithBraith Posts: 13

    Thank you very much. It will be moved and yes it is a damp shady spot.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,211

    Careful though, they are not fully hardy, well not here anyway. I dig mine up and over winter in the greenhouse.

    A really beautiful plant.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • BraithBraith Posts: 13

    It is a beautiful plant, I'm surprised it's thrived the ground is very boggy and we have had some pretty cold weather.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964

    South African in origin but surprisingly hardy here (E.Lincs) ; flowered mine only twice in hot summers (chocolate brown flower spike scented of vanilla) ; quite nice but as stated above by Freddies Dad , grown mainly for its attractive foliage which normally lasts well in a mild winter .

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,964

    PS  If 'blasted' by a severe winter and cut to base , they readily regenerate in the early summer .

  • BraithBraith Posts: 13

    Thanks Paul. It is very attractive growing against the poly- tunnel, fairly sheltered. Fingers crossed we have a good summer and it flowers! 

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