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Irina 2Irina 2 Posts: 5

Hello everyone,

This is my first post and it is a mysterious plant that has prompted me to start it. There is this plant I bought from a small nursery in East Sussex last late summer, it was just leaves then and for some reason I decided it would be good for shade. It didn't have a label and the lady at the nursery could only confirm it was a perennial (please don't ask me why I was so "clever" as to buy an unidentified plant! :) ). It has overwintered well in a shady but sheltered spot and at the moment it is just going into flower. I can't, for the life of me, find out what it is though, tried all friends, ID apps on my phone, etc. Maybe someone here will know?

Its a smallish plant but not rockery plant type small, it doesn't have any scent to the leaves or flowers. The leaves are slightly fluffy on the top but not visibly, just feel soft

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,492

    Hi Irina 2. I looks very like Ginger Mint (Mentha x gracilis) but I'm not too sure. Are the leaves scented at all if you crush them?

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  • Irina 2Irina 2 Posts: 5

    Hi Ladybird4, thank you very much for your reply. It doesn't have any scent at all, not the leaves nor the flower! 

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,127

    Looks to me like a form of red campion, Silene dioica, that someone has messed about with!

    Have to say I prefer the original, but maybe tihs one is less generous in its seeding, which would be a good thing.

  • Irina 2Irina 2 Posts: 5

    The foliage does look red campion like but the flower structure is all wrong, unless it was really really messed with, as you say, Buttercupdays! Thank you for your reply! :) (although I am still not convinced it is the right id, sorry :D )

  • Irina 2Irina 2 Posts: 5
    Buttercupdays says:

    Looks to me like a form of red campion, Silene dioica, that someone has messed about with!

    Have to say I prefer the original, but maybe tihs one is less generous in its seeding, which would be a good thing.

    See original post

    Oh Buttercupdays, you are right! It is a Silene variety! By googling variegated leaf silene and found someone else asking about it on another forum. Thank you so much!! And I apologise for doubting you, it just looks so different to more regular Silenes 

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,492

    Irina 2. I am looking forward to hearing in a post from yourself that you have identified the plant because it is very pretty indeed.

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  • Irina 2Irina 2 Posts: 5

    Silene dioica ‘Flore Plena’ I believe 

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,492

    Thank you so much Irina. Going to get one myself now image

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