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stuart and Codystuart and Cody South Wales ukPosts: 72
Hiya lovely people can anyone tell me what these pink flowers are,  are they a weed or can I pop them in my garden..?? Thanks x 

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  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,935
    edited June 2020

    Centaurium erythraea...common Centaury.


    https://www.first-nature.com/flowers/centaurium-erythraea.php
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Hi I think I’ve come across another variety of centaurium? This one was only 4-6” off the ground and formed a lovely round clump on the Anglesey coastal path. Any suggestions?

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,935
    Oooh! super find.
    Same flower as mentioned above.

    Centaurium erythraea...common Centaury.

    This is gentian family.


    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Oooh! super find.
    Same flower as mentioned above.

    Centaurium erythraea...common Centaury.

    This is gentian family.


    Is it just a dwarf version of the above as its the tiny compared to the one above. I agree it looks very much like a small gentian.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,128
    Plants often grow differently according to the soil nutrient level where they are growing, the amount of moisture and the amount of sun exposure. Your Anglesey plant would be growing in a low nutrient, low moisture, high sun environment, the others may have had more of either of the first two and possibly less sun, as it tends to deepen and enhance colours, though there may be differences between individuals too.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,578
    Hiya @stuart and Cody!

    Centaury is a wild flower, so you may or may not want it in your garden.  However, if the plant you photographed is currently growing in the wild somewhere, here's a reminder - it's illegal to dig it up and replant it in your garden...  :)
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,172
    As well as being illegal to dig up wild flowers, without the perfect growing conditions they will usually die.  Orchids in particular do not transplant well.  If you can mark it and get seeds off it later in the season, you can grow some seedlings of your own.  They stand a better chance.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Here’s a better photo of its size plus some others nearby 



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