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oldfsnetoldfsnet Posts: 4
Apologies for my ignorance with this but could anybody identify this at all please?

It seems to be growing with some gusto around the base of a dwarf apple tree - cold it be to the detriment of that as there has been little blossom this year ?



  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    Looks like a Liatris which has usually pink or white flower spikes and is much loved by butterflies etc. If it is that then  I don't think it would cause any harm, maybe just water the tree a bit more to make up for it and then move it to a better place after it's flowered?

    That's assuming im right. Any one else have an idea? Hard to be sure as the pic is blurred a bit if I zoom in. 
  • oldfsnetoldfsnet Posts: 4
    Thanks for the quick reply - looks like you're quite correct !

    just after posting we found a card from some Liatris bulbs which appeared to be the ones. 

    Could of been planted intentionally for the butterfies on reflection so we'll wait to see what happens !

    Mystery solved I think...Thanks again.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited May 2020
    I thinks it's Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea) which does look similar to young liatris:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    @BobTheGardener.  Yes could be that too, both have a similar form. Without flowers it's hard to be accurate. But I hope for Op's sake it is Liatris, toad flax is a bit thuggy I think. He/she has found a label for Liatris too.  :)
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