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MobowMobow Posts: 92

I sowed a packet of mixed perennial seeds back in February and they germinatd quite well. I have been able to recognise quite a lot of them but this one eludes me

It has glossy slightly succulent leaves



Hope somebody can identify them so I know what conditions they like

Many thanks 






  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,936

    Were there no clues on the packet as to what varieties the mixture contained? image

    There are thousands and thousands of perennial plants.

    Are they British natives, or for sun or shade, or to attract pollinators, or ...........???

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,705

    They look suspiciously like willowherb to me.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • MobowMobow Posts: 92

    Hi Dove

    Thanks for the prompt reply

    Sorry if it is a bit of a needle in a haystack request image

    The Packet was a T & M Promotional one. It says it is a unique mixture of traditional and rare varieties splendid in borders, suit normal soil, half shaded or in the sun. It gives a list of contents. I have checked these out but cannot find anything that seems to fit. However it then goes on to say "contents of this packet may vary depending on availability". There are quite a few plants not on the list that I have been able to recognise but not this one. I was hoping that perhaps somebody might have come across it

    I guess I'll just have to be patient and see what they grows into ......... 


  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 380

    My first thought was Rosebay Willowherb.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,936

    What a weird way to sell seeds - one can only imagine that they had a spillage in the packing department and swept them all up and passed them on like that ... image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,498

    I think I have this too! Was it a get this free with 2 packets of seed one? Like you I have managed to identify most of the stuff and while there has been nothing rare, it was not complete rubbish. I got rose campion (waiting to see what colour) some oriental poppies, still small, some pretty orangey oenothera, a dianthus, a verbascum, probably olympicum, wth gorgeous velvety leaves, just sending up a flower spike (exciting this one as I've not grown it before), some kind of figwort (nice leaves, unimpressive flowers, looks like it will get big, going!), foxglove, ox-eye daisy and these. Can't be anything special as there were loads of them but still no idea. Waiting for the flowers!

    It was fun growing them though. I had one of Chiltern's lottery packets once,  the one that comes with a list of contents, and got some white agapanthus and a Tulbaghia among other things. That's my kind of lottery, one you can't lose!

  • MobowMobow Posts: 92

    Yes it was a packet of free seed you got been you bought 2 other packets. They germinated quite well. Like you I have quite a few rose campions, oriental poppies, plus some ox eye type daisies, campanula, wallflowers, marjoram, plus others and quite a lot of the "mystery" plant. As you say they can't be anything special as there are loads of them. 

    As neither of us have no idea what they might be, we'll both have to wait and see what the flowers are like.....


  • MobowMobow Posts: 92

    My mystery plant has flowered and I thought people might be interested to see a photo. The flower is just like a dianthus.

    I did a search and found an earlier thread on the forum which lead me to think it could be Dianthus japonicus.

    I would never have thought from the leaves that it could be a Dianthus.


    What do listers think?



  • looks more like a willowherb to me

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,262

    It does look like the photo of Dianthus japonicus on a list of wild flowers of Japan, on the web.  Sorry, I don't know how to post a link...

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
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