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Do you know what this plant is called?

Sorry about the orientation. This beautiful intriguing plant appeared in our garden this year: we are guessing that it is a gift from the birds! Can anyone identify it , please?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286
    A verbascum
    I also got one as a gift from the birds


    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Is it a perennial?

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,004
    Looks like verbascum phoenicum which is a short lived perennial that comes in whites, pinks and purples.   It self seeds happily but isn't a thug and you can collect the seed to sow in trays if you want to control where it grows.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you for your help. I will try to collect some seeds as we really love the plant and its intricate little flowers. Good for bees and hoverflies, too!
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,286
    I saw this GW article where Carol Klein shows how to take root cuttings from them - 
    https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-verbascums/

    I'm going to try this winter as mine is right at the front of the border, and it needs to be a bit farther back


    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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