flowering plant ID, but no flowers, just a bulb!

SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

I've got two of these plants which I assumed were marigolds initially, but they've grown much taller, so tall and heavy in fact I've had to stake it already.

There's a bulb on it that's green and looks spiky, will affix photo here...


 it's in the centre of the photo. I'm flummoxed as to what it may be! No doubt it'll be obvious as I grew nothing particularly rare or interesting from seed!


  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    Bud! I mean Bud, not bulb. Long week already. Sorry folks.

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 379

    Verbena ?

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    Nope, not grown that!

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Could it be a knapweed? image

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446
    Leaves are wrong! I'm flummoxed! Suppose I'll wait and see until it blooms
  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Oh poo. Just when I was getting good at this!! image

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    I think Mark499 may be right. It looks like a verbena to me too.

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    I've googled and I've not seen any that have any leaves even remotely resembling marigolds... In other news my dahlias have grown bulbs! Pretty chuffed with that. I'm not too bad at this growing from seed malarkey.. If only the labels would stay put!

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,092

    Badly trained labels you've got there SPea............nothing to do with you...........I've got some tooimage

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,501

    I think it is a weed - are the leaves pungent?


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  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446
    There the wooden lolly stick type ones but the ink washes off them. I didn't bother with labels for the marigolds and dahlias.

    Leaves aren't pungent nope. Ive got two of them as well. Both roughly the same height.
  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446


     So I've finally got a flower, and verbena seems to fit in looks to the flower, I just don't know where it's come from because we certainly didn't grow any!

  • It's phacelia tanacetifolia, often grown as a cropside extra to attract pollinating insects.

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    well there you go, that's definitely it, but where the hell has it come from? I've two very well formed healthy plants, and they're very pretty and I don't want to get rid of them, are they worth keeping, and trying to keep the seeds for the wildflower garden I want to put in my allotment next year? Could it possibly have come from a bird? I've grown absolutely no wildflowers this year.

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    thank you for finally IDing this mystery though!

  • Definitely worth keeping. Very pretty and very useful. Often they arrive in the compost of other plants and take a year or so to germinate. Normally grown in the garden situation as a green manure, sown March to Sept. and dug in after about 3 months, but also a  fantastic bee attractant if sown early enough to flower in summer. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    I was going to say - looks a bit like feverfew foliage to me- and since Hortum's IDd it as a tanacetifolia that ties in. Feverfew is tanacetum.

    It will have seeded in from somewhere SP image

  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    Wow! I feel very lucky! I've researched into them quickly and I love the fact they are bee attractors as I feel very strongly about helping the bees as much as I can in a small suburban garden. Would they be suitable to plant into any type of soil as I feel they are wasted in small pots, as they are very tall.

    As mine are already slowly but surely starting to flower, hopefully they'll attract some bees. I love the light colour of the petals and the blue whiskery stamens!


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