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Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,368

Could anyone ID this for me please?

I over wintered it undercover as I thought it was a Lobelia Queen Vic but its leaves have become slightly furry and are soft rather than smooth. I can't remember where I got it from either...

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  • GillianBCGillianBC Posts: 121

    Lobelia speciosa Russian Princess?

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,368

     I'm not sure if the leaves are too soft for a lobelia, they are covered in a light hair...image Although I would be happy if it was one.

    I'm trying to remember where I first saw it in the hope it'll jog my memoryimage

    Thanks for your helpimage

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,368

    Hello, just wondering if anyone has anymore suggestions for this now it's grown a bit:

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     Thank youimage

     

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    i don't know what that victoriasponge is but it looks a bit unwell now image

  • cathy43cathy43 Posts: 373

    could it be lychncis, has a bright orange flower?

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,368

    It does look a bit peculiar Sanjy, but I don't think it's sick...image I wondered if the initial red colouring was due to the cold earlier in the year...

    I did have two lychnis last year - I thought they'd died...maybe I dug one up to save it...you might have it cathy, thank youimage...do the buds look right to you, last pic? 

  • cathy43cathy43 Posts: 373

    had to go outside to check, yes, they look the sameimage

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,368

    Brilliant - another mystery cleared up! Thanks cathyimage

  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

    I have a number of lobelia Russian Princess. The plants are in the garden and in pots. (When I first split up the clumps I put the small cuttings in pots to protect them from slugs.)  

    One potful is showing the usual red leaves at the bottom but they go green at about three inches tall.  Does anyone know if they can get some colour reversion?  Something odd is going on.     

     




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  • IamweedyIamweedy Cheshire East. Posts: 1,364

    Following my comments above I have realised that red leaves I thought were Lobelia Russian princess might be are a low growing Oenothera  possible evening primrose. My sister sent me some plants. The leaves on that seem to be hairy.

    Possibly  Oenothera perennis Small Sundrops/Little Evening Primrose - Oenothera perennis

    My russian princess leaves are quite smooth.




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