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Hi Guys,

I've just received an order of 'pot luck' perennials and I don't recognise these 3. Does anyone know them? It's possible they're a little stunted as they look like they need repotting forthwith.







 Thank youimage

Wearside, England.


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Looks like a rather unhealthy mint!

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,373

    I would say mint, does it smell when you rub the leaves? If it is, dont plant it in the garden, it will take over.

    I cant see that a seller would put that in a batch of perennials though.

    They are all the same plant.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 734

    It may be a decorative Salvia, I got some last year, the leaves did smell minty but they aren't spreaders and mine have spikes of blue flowers.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    I think Lyn is right about them all being the same, the first 2 definitely. Not mint though.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • The third one smells, a warm smell, the first two don't. I compared it to the mint that still comes up in the garden and the one in the pond and also the catmint but wasn't sure. I'm not very good with IDing smells. Probably it is mint then. 

    The top two might be the same plant, the second has been chewed and doesn't have red veins but that can mean it's just a different colour flower can't it? The top one has quite rough leaves.

    I compared them with the salvias I have and the first one with vernonia but the leaves arent quite right. 

    Wearside, England.
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    The moss is a sign of to much watering. I would the roots from the pots, wash all the soil off and remove any dead roots and put anything healthy in the ground and see what grows. It looks to me that the perennials and what is growing are 2 different things Pic 2 esp, I can see 2 plants there. If it is mint then remove that - the roots will be different.

  • Hi Blairs, I'd already potted them on but I took 2 out its pot again and tried to separate the thin red stem from the rest. It's snapped but I'm not altogether sure it is a different plant although the stems are different.

    Either way both sides of 2 produce rounder less serrated leaves at the bottom of the plant and neither smell of anythingimage

    Wearside, England.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,373

    Pot them up and wait and see, you will get a nice surprise next year. Keep us posted.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • You're rightimage

    The last batch of pot lucks all turned out lovely, I got an astilbe, achillea, hosta and a monarda which have all flowered, also something that was kindly ID'd on here as either doronicum or ligularia still not flowering and keeping me guessingimage

    Wearside, England.
  • davids10davids10 Posts: 894

    the leaves look like eupatorium  and the stem color is right-maybe baby joe or little joe

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