MacWilliam Posts: 27
Hello there, wise gardeners.
I have 3 unidentified plants in my garden. Can anybody help me with a name for them? Something else than Peter, Paul and Mary.
I know the first two are really good ground cover once they start thriving. They are a few inches tall and are hardy perennials. That's all I know about those.
The 3rd one is about a foot and a half, looks like a cross between a thistle and a pineapple at the moment, with spiky leaves. That one must have been in my garden since 2004 when somebody gave me loads of plants she was clearing while revamping her garden. It is the first time I have seen it in all these years.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer.
I, is Stachys macrantha aka S. grandiflora
3 is an acanthus, can't say which species , rather short for some of the more common ones.
I recognise 2 but the name won't come at the moment (blame senility)
In the sticks near Peterborough
The scsnthus looks like spinosus in early bud. Mine are currently in full f lower spike
Wouah... thanks a lot nutculet and fidgetbones. Bet you must live a long way south of Inverness.
Near nottingham. If you live near inverness, that would explain why its still in bud.
Sorry about the spelling. That should say Acanthus spinosus.
I am south Scotland and acanthus not in flower yet
A A Milne
Does look like Tarragon, is soft, will have a go... but I dont think it is.
Regarding the acanthus, i have read that it does not like being moved. This and the rampant pink geranium on top of it, could explained the 10 year delay in popping it's head.
Well, I dont think it is Tarragon. I happen to have some growing in the garden and it is quite different. The silver grey on the leaves rubs off quite easily. They are green underneath. Looks like it is going to flower.
I'll update the image when it does.
It isn't terragon. I have it in my garden but I don't know what it is called. It spreads from the roots and can be invasive but the silver leaves are very attractive and stay pretty all summer. The flowers aren't anything to get excited about buy it all looks very well with strong greens or pink or blue companions.
all this makes sense as it came from a huge clump in a border in somebody's garden. Invasive is exactly what i am planning for this new friend.