What is this plant please?

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 Can anyone tell me what this plant is please.  a very interesting looking crown of leaves appeared during the winter when other plants had died down as my garden is more a summer garden and looked so interesting i decided to leave it as i was not sure if it something i had been given. Thebasal  leaves are about a foot wide and about as high and it send up the flower spike that are about 5 ft. The bees love it.  Thank you.

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  • XX Posts: 707

    I think its giant scabious Bajangirl - Cephalaria gigantea.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    Perennial tall yellow scabious. There is a latin name but at the moment it escapes me.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    Thats the one Paula.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,823

    And its roots go down as far as the flowering stem goes up. Try digging one out and you will see what I mean!

  • bajangirlbajangirl Posts: 15

    Thanks for your replies, I wish now I had dug it up when I saw the first leaves, if it goes that deep I had better start nowimage!!! 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    Why would you want to dig it up?

    You like it, the bees like it. Whats not to like?

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • bajangirlbajangirl Posts: 15

    if I had a larger garden it would not be a problem but it is small and tightly packed with plants so there is not room for a large specimen especially where it is growing. I find many plants that have self seeded like poppies, foxgloves, campanula, ferns that I have kept. I am not sure where they come from as they are not in neighbouring gardens this one appeared in the same way

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