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Cecelia-LCecelia-L Posts: 109
Hi please help identify these plants! Thanks! 

Gorgeous purple flowers, perennials as they were definitely not there during the winter 

Perennials, cluster of small reddish flowers 

What kind of clematis? 

What kind of tree is this? Mature one is huge and little seedlings everywhere. 




  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    edited May 2022
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,186
    edited May 2022
    Centranthus Ruber
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,045
    Centaurea [knapweed] Valerian [Centranthus] and a maple of some kind. If you don't want hundreds, you need to remove or mow the seedlings.

    The clematis is difficult - there are hundreds, thousands of varieties. It'll be a Group 2 if that's a current pic, so you can always check the specialist growers' sites to see if you can narrow it down. Taylors, Thorncroft etc.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,790
    edited May 2022
    1.  Centaurea montana

    2.  Centranthus rubra aka Valeriana rubra 


    4.  Looks a lot like an acer of some sort. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Cecelia-LCecelia-L Posts: 109
    I am loving this forum thank you all! I am thoroughly impressed! 

    Off to do some more research
  • cmarkrcmarkr Posts: 142
    I think Norway Maple rather than sycamore
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,879
    I think a sycamore,  they pop up here.  Would a Norway Maple self seed from nowhere?  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • cmarkrcmarkr Posts: 142
    Norway Maples are relatively common in the UK so no reason to think not. The leaves are more spiky looking than I would associate with a sycamore.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,676
    The clematis looks a bit like one I have called "Super Nova" which is a group 3 viticella, flowers from July. But there a a lot of clematis varieties.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,437
    cmarkr said:
    I think Norway Maple rather than sycamore
    Lyn said:
    I think a sycamore,  they pop up here.  Would a Norway Maple self seed from nowhere?  
    I find them hard.
    Sycamore below....

    NORWAY MAPLE..below

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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