mystery purple flower (no picture)

hi guys need some help, i bought a shake and rake wild flower box to try on a small unused patch infront of my garden window, as the seeds took and grew into beautiful flowers such as ornimental poppies, borage and marigolds there were a few flowers that were a mystery, one of which was a tall skinny plant that produced rows of flowers much in the same way as a fox glove would of tiny purple iris like flowers that when died off produced a seed pod like a pea, hopefully someone will know what im talking about. Thanks



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    guess number one

    Linaria purpurea, purple toadflax

  • i did look for that but also tried searching to see if it produced a seed pod but couldnt find anything about the seeds


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    No, they don't have pods like peas Karl. One of the vetches maybe or a lupun relative

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,099

    Sounds like a vetch.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • Its not a vetch
  • Probably going to have to wait til next year to grow some more I can take a photo then
  • izzy8izzy8 Posts: 79

    don't know if this link will work. It's a guide to british wild flowers


  • I still couldn't find it using that guide but thank you anyway
  • After looking about for plants that have seed pods it looks like the flower im looking for is a type of dwarf Delphinium
  • I still couldn't find it using that guide but thank you anyway
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050


  • I think thats the one thank you very much everyone
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Not a UK wildflower mix.

  • the seed box was from the pound shop so says it all really, did contain lots of very nice flowers including lots of these poppies and other flowers





  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Lovely. Good bee flower there

  • had loads of bees, had to rescue a few that were exhausted by putting a little stick with some honey on the end


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,050

    Did you get many honey bees, I was very short of those

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,915

    That blue one with the bee in it is phacelia which is good for green manure which you dig into the earth. The flowers last a long time in a vase too.

  • think there was a few honey bees


  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 751

     Very lovely poppy. It does goat my goat a bit that they sell these foreign non-natives giving the impression that they're natives though. I wonder what benefit it really has compared what the average Joe would grow in their garden anyway. I'm not against the mixes per se but I think they shouldn't market them as 'wildflower' etc. They should be honest and give the consumer the choice. Anyway, a lovely poppy even if not native and a keeper. image

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