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Is this willow herb ?

*Astrantia**Astrantia* Posts: 306
edited January 2023 in Plants
I’ve had a few of these appear in my garden I thought it was forget me not at first but I’m wondering if it’s pink willow herb? 
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  • I think so, I suffer with them too. Forget-me-nots have smaller and matte greyish/light green furry leaves. They won't be up yet until spring. 
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    edited January 2023
    It isn't rb willowherb. See pics of shoots coming through and before flowering. They don't usually show themselves until spring. Still thinking what it is, on the tip of my tongue. Pics taken from the web.












    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,772
    It looks like a willowherb. There are different sorts. Not a forget-me-not.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    When they're perennial they often look like that when coming through, although the ones I get tend to have a reddish tinge early on. 
    As @Busy-Lizzie says - there are lots of types. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Yes I agree with @Busy-Lizzie and @Fairygirl it's not Rosebay though. I've got a mental block on this one. I wouldn't mind but I've got some growing in the wildflower bit! It's driving me mad for goodness sake. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    What size is it @*Astrantia* ? That can help with ideas if we have the scale.
    It looks a bit like ox eye daisy foliage too, but there are lots of plants that are similar.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I've got to go out now but hope it will be solved when I get back.  :D
    Don't think it's oxe eye daisy @Fairygirl, I've got masses of that over in the wildflower area. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    Yeh - I think you're right @Uff, but there's so many similar plants, and it struck me as  a bit like those. It's certainly familiar. 
    I haven't looked at the ox eye daisies I have in the front garden for a while, so I can't really remember  ;)
    I'm off as well - it's dry....
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Err not tiny about half my hand size and I’ve got fairly small hands 😉
  • bédébédé Posts: 3,070
    Looking at my wild plants this morning, I noticed that my Alkanet has little bumps/irregularities  on the leaves just like the pic.
     location: Surrey Hills, England, ex-woodland acidic sand.
    "Have nothing in your garden that you don't know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
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