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I'm sending out an S O S hoping one of you clever kind hearted experienced gardeners can identify a flowering plant for ne....
It appeared out of the blue in my garden this summer,  one isolated small seedling that has grown into a tall inspiring blue headed flowering plant that is made up of a spire of tiny blue fower heads.
Please refer to photos I managed to gain coming towards the end of it's flowering time, it's had a long floweing period and the bees love it.
So I can grow more come next year I am desperate to know the identity of the plant so I can get more seed.  I have managed to harvest a few seeds from the plant but alas it dispersed most of it's seed whilst my back was turned, typical.
Please please some knowledgeable experienced kind hearted  gardener out there will be able to help identify this mystery plant for me, I'd be so humble and grateful for any help or assistsnce.
Until then I wish you all an autum full of inspiring happy gardening and that the weather stays dry warm and fine for a considerable time to come.....enjoy.....Thank you all who's taken the time to read this, so very kind and thoughtful. ....
You all take care now and look after yourselves....ooh plant with flowering spike reaches approximately 90cm...


  • DimWitDimWit Posts: 553
    Purple toadflax, I guess... There are lots of linarias on the market, some quite shorter, if you wish. This is the 'native' one...
  • By geeves Dim Wit youve hit the nail right on the head.....WOW I'm flabbergasted that I've got an instsnt reply, you know your plants thats for sure, can't thank you enough, I"m a happy bunny now. No sleep for you either......thank you, deeply humbled and thankful.....take care...Ju

  • Your plant is perennial BWS so will be back next year. :)  The seeds that have dispersed already you might well see coming up in the stones nearby and between the slabs so you could keep an eye out for them and move somewhere more suitable if you want more plants.

    Yours is a lovely deep purple version mine are paler, possibly cross bred with the pink version. I don't believe linaria purpurea is one of the UK native toadfaxes but I could be mistaken.
    Wearside, England.
  • Thank you Victoria Sponge for your highly informative descriptive reply, loved it, learnt alot from it thank you. It was a great pleasure and relief to hear that it self seeds readily, I'll be a keen eager beaver come spring of next year looking out and hunting out any small seedlings.....excellent thank you so much, my minds at rest now its been bugging me since appearing this year......please take care and have a good day...thanks.....
  • GaryRGaryR Posts: 32
    Looks like the caterpillars like it too as well as the bees ;) Toadflax brocade moth caterpillar in 2nd last photo?
  • You are so right GaryR.....! Excellent spotting, good call :s ....! There was a caterpillar on it at one stage but I hadn't realised it was at the time of my photography session, :o be them good or bad? Thanks ever so for your comment brightened my day.... :)
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,152
    Great ID.  We have lots of those around here and I had been unable to identify them.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • We're all knowledgeable now.....great plant aren't they...... :)
  • It seeds happily  round my garden(trouble is I have to.evital it from my pots) is as tough as old boots and is great for problem  patches especially  dry soil.
  • Thanks tessagardenbarmy that's great news to hear.......the soil is really poor and dry where I am and to hear that it is tough as old boots and seeds freely and readily is even more of a bonus and a delight to know especially as I have a whole load of problem areas........thanks for that gem of information, here's looking forward to a garden full of toadflax......thanks and take care now :)
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