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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 Posts: 14,353

    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.

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  • 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: 3,121

    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: 3,121

    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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