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Please help ID this flower...

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Dear Forum Members,

Someone told me that this is Speedwell. Are they right?  Its very pretty, but as you can see from the pictures it looks past its best as it's at the end of flowering. When in full-flower there were long conical turrets of tiny purple flowers on each stem.

If you can tell me what it is, and when/how to prune I would be an extremely grateful deadhead. I have been reluctant to do anything with it while bees are still visiting...

Many thanks

The Grateful Deadhead

 

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  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,465

    I think it's linaria but I'm sure someone will correct me if wrong.

    I snip the dead stems off initially but then I just leave it to seed.

  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 806

    Yes I agree. Definitely not speedwell, and almost certainly Linaria Purpurea (toadflax). As far as I know it's an annual that self-seeds.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    I think it's perennial but it self seeds in a big wayimage

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,022

    Certainly does Nut, but I like that. It sometimes makes nice combinations by accident, and if i dont like where it ends up, it is easy to pull up.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
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