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Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

I have 3 plants growing in the garden at the moment and have no idea what they are. They have been left over from the previous owners of the house and was wondering if they are worth keeping or moving.

Plant 1 -

 Plant 2 -

 Plant 3 -




  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,029

    Number three is Pulmonaria, possibly 'Blue Ensign'.  Not sure about the others though.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    #1 Might be tulips.  There's an aquilegia growing behind them.

    #2 Probably a bluebell

    #3 looks like pulmonaria.  The small plants growing around the area with the small leaves look like goose grass - a rapidly growing weed so you probably want to pull those up asap.



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  • The tulips are in wrong place ideally right next to Clematis so bit cramped. The aquilegia looks nice plant, can it be moved as again not in ideal place or shall I leave.

    The bluebell is going to be right in the middle of a Cottage Garden Scheme, any ideas on what to do with it, its all by itself lol.

    With the Pulmonaria can I dig that up after flowing and move it to another border or when is best time to move it? Quite like the look of it. Thanks for the tip on the Goose Grass, had no idea but remember pulling a load of up last year.


  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    strongly suspect that no. 1 is an allium, rather than a tulip, but either way, let it flower then move it if you like. 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I'd leave the tulips and aquilegia as they won't take kindly to being moved at this time of the year.  The aquilegia might be a self-sown one and many of those aren't too attractive so wait 'til it flowers which won't be long and pull-up if you don't like it, or move after flowering.  Best to dig the tulip bulbs up after the leaves die-back naturally in a few months.

    The bluebell might well be a self-sown spanish one (which can be thugs) so I'd probably just sacrifice it.

    Yes, move the pulmonaria after flowering - if you take the whole clump with plenty of soil left on the roots it should transplant well.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    #1 Allium

    #2 Allium

    #3 Pulmonaria

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,311

    If there's any doubt about allium ID, scratch and sniffimage


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  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,331

    I think 2 is the English bluebell. Narrow leaves = English. But you can tell when it flowers - nodding heads of small delicate flowers with recurved petals are English while big blousy castanet-cracking almost double flowers are Spanish and to be done away with,image

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  • GillianBCGillianBC Posts: 121

    Number 2 looks remarkably like my kniphofia at the moment.  They have rather stiff leaves - if they're soft rather than stiff, I'd go with bluebell

  • coniferconifer Posts: 35

    I wonder if plant 2 if in an area that previously had veg in it could be scornirosa [cant spell it] but it has pretty mauve coloured flowers and seeds all over the place

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