Plant ID

hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,292


Would love to know what these 2 plants are.

The first the orange one, I'm guessing it's a weed but I like it,also smells good. Does it have any benefits for wild life?


 The 2nd, I thought it was some sort of holly hock but now I'm not sure


Thanks for any information


  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    The first one looks like Fox-and-cubs, Orange Hawkweed. It's a wildflower. You can actually buy them in garden centres. Some people might consider it a 'weed'. I have some in my own garden. It does actually grow quite well in grass.

    The second one does look somewhat mallow-like (hollyhocks are big mallows, though it's not a hollyhock flower). But it's a bit early for mallows to be flowering.

  • dander65dander65 Posts: 1

    the second one looks likre a mallow to me as well - maybe the weather has fooled it

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,292

    Thanks Gary & dander,

    Fox-and-cubs, what a great name.

    So I wasn't far off. thinking it was a hollyhock. Can't remember where is came from. bit something tells me I planted it.  A mallow? Something in my brain says is that related to veg such as a cucumbers or something similiar.

    Just out of interest what do you mean dander by the weather has fooled it? It's been very wet and windy and none of my other holly hocks are no where near to developing flowers. This one was planted outside the garden

    Thanks again

  • AlieshAliesh Posts: 182

    I also have the fox and cubs on my allotment it does attract bees and other insects















    I also have fox and cubs on my allotment it does attract bees and other insects.

    The other looks like common mallow which flowers from june to september.






  • diggingdorisdiggingdoris Posts: 486

    Yes common mallow is no 2. Looks just like the ones growing down the footpath near me. You can see that hollyhocks come from the same family, but much bigger flowers.

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,292

    Thanks Aliesha, thats good to know. It's great that somehow it's found it's way it my garden.

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,292

    Hello diggingdoris,  Thanks, glad my plant knowledge is increasing. The leaves are very similar to the hollyhocks that I grow. Still can't remember where where it came from though, but thats the great thing about  plants. It's very healthy and doing well.

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