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Hello everyone 

Having a complete mind blank & need help identifying a plant. I don't have a photo, only a sketchy memory.

Mid to late summer flower.
It's a pale lilac/powder blue flower similar to chicory... Grey/green foliage... Long flower stem.

The seed heads are the bit I like most- papery & silver but with dark edging. Segmented (think artichoke) shapes fused together... but much, much smaller (1-2cm).

I know it's something simple but having trouble digging it out of my brain. 


  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,358
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,082
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,118
    My vote is for Catanache as well.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,630
    Agree with @Lyn
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Catanache is the winner!! Thank you all... I can go back to pretending I'm working now :) 
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