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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 Posts: 312


  • 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: 4,252

    Allium, for sure.

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,266

    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.

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,629

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

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    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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