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HotwaxHotwax Posts: 51
i planted what I think is a salvia (the plant with the purple spikes) several years ago. It didn’t like the bed I put it in, but has self-seeded like mad in all the cracks and crevices. As you can see from the photo I love self-seeders and have to protect them from my husband who disapproves of them! Anyone got any ideas what it is? 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    It looks like a type of Verbascum.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,892
    I thinks it’s a Veronica. Have a look in Google images you will probably identity it there. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,818
    I think it's Teucrium "purple tails". Fantastic plant, mine flowered all summer last year and they're just starting again.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 618
    JennyJ is right. Teucrium hircanicum. Self seeds easily and a good bee plant. 
    East Anglia
  • HotwaxHotwax Posts: 51
    Thanks, Jenny J and Asarum. That certainly looks right. The only thing is the foliage on my plant is not aromatic and the website says the crushed leaves smell of sage. But then my sense of smell is not as good as it was....

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I was massively misjudging the scale - I thought they looked about 5ft tall! :D
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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