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Wildflower (?) ID

matt_fendermatt_fender Posts: 169
I am in the process of trying to establish a wildflower patch and things are moving along nicely. Seed is a mixture of native annual and perennial wildflowers from Meadowmania, along with meadow grass of various types.
I am not just trying to make sure that the plants that are growing are wildflowers and not weed. In particular there are 4-5 that look like thistles to me, but since I am not 100% sure (and they are doing quite well), I didn't want to yank them out without getting a bit of advice first. I am developing a reasonable handle on the most common weeds in and around my garden generally, and we don't seem to get many of these, so perhaps they are part of the seed mix.

The contents of the mix are as follows, so if the pics below are not of one of these types then I will get rid. I do have a decent handle on poppies, cornflowers, corn cockles and daisies but not sure what the seedlings of others in this list might look like:

Corn Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas)
Cornflower ( Centaurea Cyanus)
Meadow Buttercup ( Ranunculus acris)
Musk Mallow ( Malva Moschata)
Ox Eye Daisy ( Leucanthemum Vulgare)
Red Campion (Silene Dioica)
Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)
Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba Minor)
Self heal ( Prunella vulgaris)
White Campion ( Silene Alba)
Yarrow, (Achillea Millefolium)
Corn Cockle ( Agrostemma Githago)
Corn chamomile ( anthemis arvensis)
Corn Marigold ( chrysanthemum segetum)
Field Poppy ( papaver Rhoeas)

Pics of the suspects:



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,142
    those thistle like plants aren't any of those listed.
    Wild flower, Weed, not sure where the line is drawn, pretty or not pretty maybe. 
    But some of the less pretty are more useful to our native wildlife which is more that just bees

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • matt_fendermatt_fender Posts: 169
    Indeed - thanks nutcutlet, that did confirm my suspicions but I thought I'd check first. They are obviously local, probably native and growing well so perhaps they should just stay, at least until they become too much of a nuisance. Quite good for the birds and bees as well I think, which is really the whole point of the exercise.
  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    @nutcutlet is of course right that weeds such as thistles are vital for much of our wildlife, but I think if you are growing a wildflower meadow then thistles and nettles can take over if left unchecked, not to mention being a bit painful.
    I don't know what its like near you, but where we are they are both pretty abundant, so I take the view that I'd rather give room to the less common species safe in the knowledge that thistles and nettle are not in short supply nearby for those creatures that love them 
  • matt_fendermatt_fender Posts: 169
    Thanks jellyfire - your logic also makes perfect sense!
  • matt_fendermatt_fender Posts: 169
    Hi guys here's another that should be the same list of plants in my first post. There's quite a few of these, and they are fairly vigorous. This one looks like it's going to flower soon, so I can take another pic when it does, but do you think this could be from the list?

  • matt_fendermatt_fender Posts: 169
    Thanks @hajar.345. I have been doing a bit more research on this in the meantime and I actually think it is wild mustard ( It looks identical and does indeed taste of mustard!!
  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 617
    Yes, I think you are right Matt.
    East Anglia
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