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pincushionpincushion Posts: 66
Growing in the garden, Will be mauve in bloom, Around knee high, Foliage is soft
Veronica / Speedwell ( just a guess )


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Toadflax, someone else will give you the botanical name.  A delightful maintenance-free wildflower to some, an annoying weed to others - you choose.  If you keep it, it will self-seed.  Easily prevented by dead-heading.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966
    Yes Purple toadflax aka Linaria purpurea ... much loved by bees 🐝 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • pincushionpincushion Posts: 66
    Thank you all, Pretty plant but it must of shed its seeds already last year as there are pockets of them all over the garden this year
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,252
    bees and B3s😀
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,252
    I have the unofficial national collection of PT. The original picture is purple toadflax. I'd stake your house on it!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,706
    edited May 2019
    Top one is Linaria purpurea. Bottom photo actually looks more like Erysimum Bowles mauve, but I would need a better photo to be sure.Actually looking at it again, not a wallflower. It has the snapdragon type flowers, but I don't think it is Linaria if it is in flower  at the moment.

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,252
    The flowers look a bit like erysmium bowles mauve. Is there one lurking under the other foliage?
    It could also be hesperis which i think is more likely but im sure someone more knowledgeable will be along soon
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,453
    edited May 2019
    Both are Linaria purpurea...purple toadflax.
    2nd image is looking down on tiny flowers like tiny snapdragons.
    Erysmium bowles mauve......Wallflower have 4 petals.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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