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Intriguing Plant - ID Please

I have this in my garden and has been popular with the bees.


Does anyone know what it is please?


Many thanks for your help







  • arneilarneil Northern Ireland Posts: 270


  • scigibscigib Posts: 51

    Allium a member of the onion family.

  • kathy 6kathy 6 Posts: 261

    Or could it be an echinops?, what's the foliage like Silverlight?

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,902

    Allium, for sure.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,578

    I'd vote for echinops, I think, based on the 5-petalled flowers and the stem colour.  Globe thistle.  But the foliage will give it away - all alliums have grass--like leaves, whereas echinops have leaves which look a bit like a thistle.

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,021

    As Liri says, we need to see the leaves to be sure of the diagnosis.

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,902

    Decide for yourself, this is an Echinops.



  • Definitely Echinops, globe thistle. There is also a white flower variety too, but the ones in Berghill's picture are taller. I have tried to save the seed, but not sure I was saving the right bit. The only way I have manged to get more plants is to dig a bit out and plant somewhere else.

  • Thank you so much everyone it is Echinops Globe thistle !

    It is a beautiful plant and now that I know what it is I can care for it and maybe buy some more since it's a favorite of kids who love the intricate flowers and watching the bees flock to it

  • kathy 6kathy 6 Posts: 261

    Gardenmaiden I didn't know there was a white!! Just googled I really need that one lovely, I have the bright blue Ruthenicus and yes Silverlight agree a fantastic plant for the bees hope you find some more image

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